The Food and Drug Administration oversees a broad range of medical and consumer products. In fact, the agency estimates that up to a quarter of all U.S. consumer spending is on FDA-regulated items. The Pew Charitable Trusts understands the tremendous impact these products have on public health. This project complements our work supporting drug safety and effective and efficient regulation of medical devices by focusing attention on over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements, as well as fields such as regenerative medicine, in order to safeguard consumers and patients.
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Many service members take dietary supplements to enhance performance, build muscle, lose weight, or promote general well-being. Taking one or more of these products may be beneficial when a person does not get the recommended amount of nutrients from foods. Unfortunately, some supplements can cause serious injury or death. Dangerous supplements compromise the readiness of our armed forces and the... Read More
Dietary supplements have grown in popularity, at least in part for their claims to boost nutrition and provide other health benefits. But many have been found to contain undisclosed active pharmaceutical ingredients or illegal substances, which can harm consumers. Unless a product contains a new dietary ingredient, the Food and Drug Administration lacks the authority to examine supplements before... Read More
More than half of American adults take at least one dietary supplement a day. And the number of these products on the market is growing—from about 4,000 in 1994 to about 80,000 today, for an estimated $40 billion in sales. With such widespread use of supplements, consumers need to be confident about their quality and safety. Read More