Dietary Supplements : The Food And Drug Administration

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It is the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) obligation to protect individuals in the United States from using and consuming harmful products.
The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act defines a dietary ingredient as a vitamin; mineral; herb or other botanical; amino acid; dietary substance for use by man to supplement the diet by increasing the total dietary intake; or a concentrate, metabolite, constituent, extract, or combination of the preceding substances. (“Dietary Supplement Products,” 2016)
Dietary supplements run the gamut from vitamins, such as vitamin D and vitamin B12, to sports nutrition supplements, including whey protein and creatine. The regulation and overall effects of dietary supplements are a highly debated topic among researchers and medical professionals today.
Although dietary supplements are often viewed as drugs, the FDA regulates these products under the category of food. Under most circumstances, FDA approval is not required prior to marketing supplements (“Guide to Understanding Dietary,” 2016). Regulation of these products takes place after they are marketed, and may be removed if the supplement is unsafe or mislabeled. Synthesized pharmaceutical drugs, on the other hand, are regulated by the FDA as drugs. This means clinical research and thorough review of the data presented is necessary for the approval of these drugs. Unfamiliarity of the differences between dietary supplement and pharmaceutical drug regulation forms issues in the general…
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