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Most American adults regularly take at least one supplement such as vitamins, herbs, fish oils, hormones, and amino acids. Under current law, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees these products but does not review or test their safety before they are sold. The agency also has limited insight into the market—which is estimated to include as many as 80,000 products—because manufacturers are not required to tell the agency about the supplements they make or their ingredients.

Pew works on legislation and regulations that would enhance FDA’s ability to protect consumers from unsafe supplements, such as those containing prescription drugs or other dangerous or illegal ingredients.

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Most Supplement Users Back Enhanced FDA Oversight of These Products

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Most Supplement Users Back Enhanced FDA Oversight of These Products

A new survey finds that most American adults believe the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should do more to ensure the safety of supplements, whose ingredients range from vitamins and plant extracts to probiotics, hormones, and amino acids.

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FDA Lacks Ability to Effectively Safeguard Public From Risky Supplements

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FDA Lacks Ability to Effectively Safeguard Public From Risky Supplements

The Food and Drug Administration cautioned consumers in January to avoid a product called GoLean Detox. The agency’s laboratory analysis showed that the product contained ingredients from two potentially dangerous drugs, even though it was advertised as an all-natural herbal supplement to help with weight loss.

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