Details for Pharmacy 2 -Dietary Supplements

pharmacy today written by Mikhala Wilson DietarySupplements:BuyerBeware The vitamin and supplement industry is a billion dollar industry with over 150 million Americans consuming dietary supplements annually. What makes dietary supplements unique in comparison to both prescription and over the counter medications, is the lack of regulation. The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 classified vitamins and supplements as foods rather than drugs. Because these products are not classified as drugs, they are not subject to FDA approval or regulation. DSHEA grants the FDA the right to regulate labeling of these products –a guideline put into place to prevent adulteration, contamination and false claims regarding dietary supplements. In the last year, the dietary supplement companies have taken a massive hit. In early 2015, Attorney General, Eric T. Schneiderman announced the results of a study that shocked millions. Four major retailers’ dietary supplements were tested using DNA analysis. Only 21% of these products contained the ingredients on the bottle’s label.That means that 79% of the tested dietary supplements contained either no active ingredient or ingredients that were not included in the product labeling including fillers such as rice, beans, asparagus, primrose and other non-identifiable plant material. This was a direct violation of DSHEA and a prime example of supplement adulteration and/or contamination. Similarly, cases of adulteration have been seen in three major categories of supplements: erectile dysfunction, weight loss and sports performance products. In November of 2014, a study of supposedly “natural” supplements for erectile dysfunction revealed the active ingredient tadalafil (the active ingredient in a popular prescription medication used for erectile dysfucntion) and its analogues in multiple products. More than 120 synthetic analogues of prescription erectile dysfunction medications have been found in products marketed as dietary supplements. This is extremely dangerous, as the ingredients in these drugs can cause life threatening low blood pressure and should not be used in people with heart disease, diabetes or clinical depression. In February 2015 Eric T. Schneiderman sent a letter to the four major retailers of the tested supplements, urging them to remove the products from their shelves. In Schneiderman’s own words: “This investigation makes one thing abundantly clear: the old adage ‘buyer beware’ may be especially true for consumers of herbal supplements.” Mon-Fri 8-6pm Sat 9-5pm Sun 10-2pm ask the pharmacy at

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