Deregulation of Supplements Proves Unhealthy

Writing for the “Economy Hub” blog of the Los Angeles Times, Michael Hiltzik says that despite the CDC linking 47 hospitalizations to use of a now-recalled dietary supplement called OxyElite Pro, Congress has yet to review the decision to deregulate dietary supplements. According to the article, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) has allowed the supplement industry to flourish completely unregulated, which in turn has swamped the FDA and left the agency unable to keep good track of the products, their ingredients, and possible effects. Although Pieter Cohen of Harvard Medical School said proposed legislation could increase the Federal government’s oversight, it will be fought by the industry and “There will be more cases like OxyElite Pro before anything changes.”

From the American Association for Justice news release.

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