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The FDA defines a supplement as any product containing a vitamin, mineral, herb, botanical or amino acid. While most people would not think supplements as particularly dangerous drugs, this is a false sense of safety. The reality of supplements is that these products do not have to undergo vigorous safety testing or clinical trials before being released onto the unassuming public. A drug recall may only be commenced by the FDA after the supplement has already harmed a number of people. Our drug injury attorneys represent individuals who have been seriously injured due to a supplement’s side effects and/or where the advertising or label was misleading and led to a personal injury.
Most Supplements Do Not Undergo Clinical Trials or Safety Testing
The FDA’s website is clear that supplement manufacturers generally do not need to register their products or get prior approval for marketing supplements. The FDA’s main duty in regards to supplements is advertising, and they do not require prior safety testing for most products.
When a supplement causes negative health consequences in consumers, it may take months or even years for the FDA to take notice or issue a warning or recall. This means that many people may be harmed while the FDA retroactively investigates potentially dangerous drugs and supplements.
Drug Recall List and Drug Warnings for Supplements
Simply because a label claims a product is “natural,” does not mean it is safe as many “natural” products are capable of great harm and even death. Review any products with your own physician before beginning a supplement regimen and read labels diligently. The FDA posts drug alerts, recalls and drugs to watch, including the following list of ingredients found in supplements:
- Aristolochic Acid (Associated with nephropathy and kidney diseases)
- Bitter Orange (May cause heart attacks, stroke, death)
- Chaparral (May cause liver damage)
- Colloidal Silver (Causes discoloration of skin and may interfere with other drugs)
- Comfrey (May cause serious adverse health effects)
- Country Mallow (May cause heart attacks and stroke)
- DMAA (Under investigation by FDA, may cause adverse cardiovascular events)
- Ephedrine Alkaloids (Found in weight loss supplements, can cause adverse cardiovascular events)
- Kava (May cause liver failure and liver injury)
- LipoKinetix (Weight loss supplement that may cause liver failure and liver injury)
- Liqiang 4 (Causes life-threatening consequences, particularly for diabetics)
- PC SPES and SPES (Mixture of herbs that have since been recalled, may cause cancer)
- Red Yeast Rice (Advertised for high cholesterol, can lead to muscle problems and kidney impairment)
- Tiractricol (Unsafe as a weight loss supplement, causes negative health effects)
- Triax Metabolic Accelerator (May cause heart attacks and stroke)
Supplements Can Be Dangerous Drugs
The FDA does little to prevent dangerous supplements from entering the market, and only begins to investigate supplements after an ingredient or brand is already causing great harm and even death upon innocent consumers. If you are taking a supplement and are experiencing negative side effects, see a doctor immediately and record your experiences in a medical journal. Contact our drug injury lawyers for a free, no obligation consultation about potential drug lawsuits involving supplements.