Legal dietary supplements vs illegal drug-spiked products: FDA clarifies its language

By Stephen DANIELLS

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Legal dietary supplements vs illegal drug-spiked products: FDA clarifies its language

Related tags: Dietary supplements, Food and drug administration, Dietary supplement

The US Food and Drug Administration has updated terminology on its web pages to more accurately describe illegal, drug-spike products and to remove references to these as dietary supplements, following requests from the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA).

The Agency recently changed references to ‘Tainted Dietary Supplements’ or ‘Tainted Supplements’ to ‘Tainted Products Marketed as Dietary Supplements’.

This brings the language in-line with a March 2011 public statement by FDA's Deputy Director for Policy and Analysis Mike Levy who said, "These products are masquerading as dietary supplements--they may look like dietary supplements but they are not legal dietary supplements."

Michael McGuffin, president of AHPA, which requested the changes, said: “The regulated dietary supplement industry greatly appreciates FDA's efforts to provide consistency and help reduce confusion between illegal, drug-spiked products and lawfully marketed dietary supplements.

“Far too often, supplement industry critics and the media inaccurately represent these illegal, misbranded drugs as dietary supplements causing confusion among consumers and policymakers. Hopefully FDA's clarification will result in more accuracy from these voices.”

The two webpages affected are:
The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) webpage

FDA's Medication Health Fraud

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