The Pew Charitable Trusts wrote on May 3 to Janet Woodcock, acting commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, recommending steps to improve the agency’s oversight of vitamins, herbs, fish oils, hormones, and other dietary supplements. The majority of adults take supplements, which are marketed for uses including improved nutrition, weight loss, and athletic and sexual performance. In the past two decades, the agency and researchers have found drugs and other illegal ingredients in hundreds of these products. And in a 2019 Pew survey, 7 in 10 adults said that under current law, the agency cannot protect Americans from unsafe supplements.
Pew specifically urged Commissioner Woodcock to:
These tools and policies would enable FDA to know which products and ingredients are available to consumers and to more swiftly remove illegal and harmful supplements from the marketplace.
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