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Supplements May Contain Dangerous Drugs
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If you’re like most Americans, you’ve taken your share of supplements – vitamins, weight loss pills and muscle-building powders, and other over-the-counter dietary supplements.
Fewer than half of these tainted supplements were recalled. The rest remained on the market.
Now, the FDA says there are more than 85,000 supplements available in the U.S. and the agency can’t test them all. And even if the FDA could test all of them, supplements aren’t subject to the same regulations that pharmaceutical drugs are. All the FDA can do when it finds tainted supplements is issue a public warning and suggest the manufacturer voluntarily recall the product.
“The law allows companies to advertise supplements as if they’re good for your health, even if there’s no evidence in humans that that’s the case,” says general internist Pieter Cohen of Cambridge Health Alliance. He advises steering clear of any supplements that make promises.
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