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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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Athletes Face Extra Risks When Taking Dietary Supplements

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In recent months, numerous athletes representing a variety of sports have faced allegations of doping after testing positive for a substance known as Ostarine, which has been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for more than a decade. Many of them claimed that the chemical—an unapproved drug that can build muscle mass—had contaminated supplements they used and believed to be harmless to their health and careers.

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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 Needs Better Tools From Congress to Monitor Dietary Supplement Safety

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At a time when most Americans say they have taken dietary supplements, the Food and Drug Administration just does not have the tools to effectively ensure that these products are safe. In a recent survey, a majority of adults echoed this concern: 7 in 10 said they think the agency cannot protect consumers from harmful supplements.

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