Dangerous Supplements Often Remain for Sale
the MPR take:
A recent editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine highlighted a case of delayed FDA action in recalling an over-the-counter supplement that caused a cluster of severe hepatitis and liver failure cases. Although symptoms developed in May 2013, they were not reported to the FDA until September and the product was recalled in February 2014. The FDA is not alone in their slow response to action regarding adverse reactions to drugs and supplements; doctors do not always use the FDA's MedWatch reporting system or are not able to identify all necessary information such as the complete supplement ingredients list or whether the patients was using concomitant drugs at the time of the event. There has been an uptick in reports of adverse events related to dietary supplements to poison control centers, with over 1,000 cases from 2008-–2010.
The first cases of liver problems linked to a popular weight loss supplement called OxyElite Pro began in Hawaii last May. Flaws in the way that dietary supplements are monitored and reported are causing potentially life-threatening delays in how long dangerous products linger on store shelves, ...
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