New Bill Seeks to Regulate Vitamins and Supplements

September 13, 2013

Personal Injury

Vitamin_RegulationSen. Richard Blumenthal (Democrat, Connecticut) and Sen. Dick Durbin (Democrat, Illinois) have put forward a bill to assist in knowing the difference between safe dietary supplements and those with drug interactions or dangerous side effects.

The Durbin-Blumenthal Dietary Supplement Labeling Act requires more details on product labels, requires proof of health benefits and requires registration of products and ingredients. The bill is in response to growing evidence that some dietary supplements pose serious health risk.

Ephedra

At the turn-of-the-century, ephedra was the highly touted silver bullet to easy weight loss. Manufacturers hit media outlets hard with glowing advertisements regarding the effectiveness of ephedra-based supplements.

In 2004, the FDA banned this weight loss supplement. In addition to the claims that ephedra caused weight loss, scientific studies proved ephedra caused heart attacks, strokes, seizures, and sometimes death. In spite of the FDA ban and proof of the dangers of ephedra, sites on the Internet still sell products containing ephedra.

Get the facts

Before starting any supplement program, check with recognized experts. The family doctor is the primary source for individual plans for supplements that are most beneficial. Consumers can also use the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) website to search for warnings or bans on a particular product. Relying solely on information provided by the supplement manufacturer is not enough.

Not risk-free

Dietary supplements can have serious side effects or contain prescription drugs and pesticides. The “natural” labels on many supplements are anything but natural. There is no scientifically proven evidence that supplements can cure serious diseases. It is possible to overdose on dietary supplements.

Many unpleasant side effects from taking dietary supplements go unreported. Some negative symptoms linked to dietary supplements include:

  • Heart, liver or kidney problems

  • Aches

  • Fatigue

  • Vomiting

  • Allergic reactions

  • Nausea

  • Pain

Call now for a free initial consultation from our injury law team!

The best course of action is to start with an expert. Visit the doctor to discuss dietary supplements and follow up with the FDA site for product information. When Florida residents suffer injury because of claims made by a dietary supplement manufacturer, they may wish to seek the advice of a legal expert.

A personal injury attorney may provide useful information with regard to injuries caused by dietary supplements. Call Abrahamson and Uiterwyk at (941)-677-2853 for a free initial case evaluation and consultation.

 

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