FDA Warns About Fraudulent Dietary Supplements

Officials from the FDA say they continue to warn people about products they consider tainted and dangerous that are marketed as dietary supplements. The FDA says some products could be deadly.

The FDA says they have found nearly 300 fraudulent products, promoted mainly for weight loss, sexual enhancement, and bodybuilding, that contain hidden or deceptively labeled ingredients.

Here are the warning signs:
-products that claim to be alternatives to FDA-approved drugs or to have effects similar to prescription drugs
-products that claim to be a legal alternative to anabolic steroids
-products that are marketed primarily in a foreign language or those that are marketed through mass e-mails
-sexual enhancement products promising rapid effects, such as working in minutes to hours, or long-lasting effects, such as working for 24 to 72 hours
-product labels warning that you may test positive in performance enhancement drug tests

You can read more about the FDA's concerns over tainted dietary supplements, please click on the link below.


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  • by cj on Mar 29, 2011 at 01:15 PM
    so you are saying i am not going to get rock hard.... er... abs, from those little pills by the register at Trade Mart? shocking!
  • by Be Sensible on Mar 29, 2011 at 11:55 AM
    If the regulatory effect of the FDA is not appropriate in your eyes, then you should blame Congress and the politics that have colluded government oversight with corporate sheltering. My earlier comments stand, those wonder drugs still have those horrible side effects listed and you can choose not to take those. That is if your physician is not pushing them on you regardless because he was taken on vacation by a pharmaceutical rep. I agree things are too cozy but the existence of the organization and the role is still very much needed. Being in the pharmaceutical industry you should be aware of consent decrees and seriousness of FDA action when a pharmaceutical company does not operate correctly. I am guessing you work for DSM if you are here in eastern NC. Be glad you don't work for Johnson and Johnson and have to deal with the FDA when they are not happy with you. Just like anything, weigh the risks and make an intelligent decision. Cynism of an agency that at least ensures you can do that removes your own responsibility in this process. Take responsibility for your own decisions, if a side effect of a drug is possible heart attack acknowledge that and make a decision whether or not to take it. Don't act shocked when it happens.
  • by Sigh........ on Mar 29, 2011 at 10:46 AM
    The FDA is in the back pocket of giant Pharmaceutical Companies. One only has to look at the steady stream of wonder Drugs whose side effects are worse than the cure that the FDA approves. As with most Agencies in this Country now, it's all about a Dollar. Integrity and honesty in the FDA is sorely lacking. PS. I work for a Pharmacuetical Company.
  • by I Fought the Law on Mar 29, 2011 at 09:54 AM
    I clicked on the FDA link provided in the article and went to the FDA site to learn more on some of the products that might be fraudulent. The link is nothing more than another article from the FDA "warning" people of possible dangerous and tainted drugs.....NO LISTING(S) that I could find of specific products. Useless information to say the least.
  • by Be sensible on Mar 29, 2011 at 08:55 AM
    The idea that a consumer can simply research the ingredients in a product without a regulatory agency on their own is just naive. How do you research a mislabeled or contaminated ingredient, you simply cannot. The FDA doesn't make sure everything is perfectly safe. They examine something to ensure that it is what it purports and that the uses of it outweigh the possible side effects. The consumer then takes over and decides whether or not to use it after being fully informed. Which is why the FDA drugs have side effects listed. If there were no regulatory agency you would be lucky to receive a warning. I am sure someone will chime in about the market adjusting and putting them out of business but what if like any side effect it's a small risk and the company chooses not to tell you and face possible litigation because the profit outweighs that cost. Thus making it mostly unknown and you an uninformed consumer. The FDA was established for that very reason. Because people were selling products that were not what they were purported to be. They aren't perfect but at least they can chemically analyze things and ensure that aspirin is aspirin and not ajax or baking soda.
  • by LILY Location: greenville on Mar 29, 2011 at 08:49 AM
    Who believes anything from the FDA? Fraudulent Deceptive Association. There care nothing about our health. They accept bribes daily. I would rather take something that is not FDA improved. They can't be trusted.
  • by Alicia Location: New Bern on Mar 29, 2011 at 06:03 AM
    First of all, I would not trust the FDA with a bottle of drinking water and second, you notice they make sure they endorse themselves in this article! The dangers that I see from drugs or supplements comes from the FDA who does not do enough thorough research on what they put on the market thus they use us as guinea pigs! One has only to look at the side effects from only one of the FDA's approved drugs or supplements to see they do not have the consumer's best interest at heart! There are many wonderful natural supplements that can be used for weight loss but you must research the ingredients first and you can just bet if it is not endorsed by the FDA than they are safer than ever!
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