Study Finds Dangerous Substances In Supplements

Study Finds Dangerous Substances In Supplements

About 20 percent of the warnings identified products containing more than one unapproved ingredient, the investigators found.

Around 45 per cent of the dodgy products were marketed for sexual enhancement, while around 41 per cent targeted weightloss, and 12 per cent claimed to bolster muscle-building. Further, poison control centers evidently received over 1,000 reports of adverse reactions to dietary supplements over a span of three years.

An estimated 50 percent of Americans consume some type of dietary supplement, sustaining a $35 billion industry.

The greatest number of products found to contain hidden ingredients were reported in 2009, when two large recalls together named 99 products.

The team based their research on an analysis of an FDA database that identifies "tainted" supplements; meaning that the product contains ingredients that are not listed on the label.

The most common drugs found in supplements were sildenafil (the active ingredient in Viagra) for sex supplements, sibutramine (a banned weight-loss drug) for weight-loss supplements, and synthetic steroids or steroid-like ingredients for muscle-building supplements, the researchers said.

A different study found earlier that dietary supplement use was associated with 23 000 emergency department visits and 2000 hospitalizations in the United States each year.

Researchers from the California Department of Public Health found that, from 2007 to 2016, 776 products marketed as dietary supplements contained hidden ingredients that are unsafe or unstudied. Therefore, they do not have to adhere to the strict rules or be subject to regulatory oversight like pharmaceuticals.

Novak Djokovic outclasses Borna Coric to claim fourth Shanghai Masters title
The 31-year-old is in imperious form and this was his 17th ATP victory in a row, as he taught the rising German star a lesson. He also dispensed of three-time Grand Slam victor and Federer's fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka in his opening match.

Almost 800 dietary supplements sold over the counter from 2007 through 2016 contained unapproved drug ingredients, a new analysis of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) data found.

Nearly 800 tainted warnings were issued during the review period for supplements manufactured by 147 different companies, though some involved multiple warnings about the same supplement, the study authors said. Numerous adulterated muscle building products contained undeclared anabolic steroids, which, when abused, can lead to mental problems in the short term and kidney problems, liver damage and heart problems in the long term.

"Only 360 of 746 (48 per cent) were recalled, leaving the majority of adulterated supplements, more than 350 products, available for sale", Cohen said. Officials with the FDA are cracking down on e-cigarette companies and warning that some products could be removed from the market, The Hill reported. The database contains supplements that the FDA has purchased, tested and found to be adulterated.

Cohen said any meaningful solution will require a change in the laws that govern the way the FDA monitors supplements.

FDA spokeswoman Lindsay Haake wrote in an email that "the FDA recognizes the seriousness of this problem and continues to act within its resources and authorities to address this problem as best it can".

"The agency's failure to aggressively use all available tools to remove pharmaceutically adulterated supplements from commerce leaves consumers' health at risk", Dr. Pieter Cohen, a general internist at Cambridge Health Alliance in Somerville, Massachusetts, wrote in a commentary accompanying the study.

Experts are calling on the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) to take urgent action to remove the affected products from the market.

Related Articles

  • Jayme Closs, Missing Wisconsin Teen, Possibly Spotted In Miami | Crime Time

    Jayme Closs, Missing Wisconsin Teen, Possibly Spotted In Miami | Crime Time

    The Barron County Sheriff's Department identified the deceased individuals as James Closs , 56, and Denise Closs, 46. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says gunshots were involved but he was not ready to list the cause of death.
    Indians complain to Major League Baseball  about Astros filming

    Indians complain to Major League Baseball about Astros filming

    The manager noted he had just recently heard the news, but maintained the matter is an issue for the league office. The report said the man had a small camera and was texting frequently , but did not have a media credential.
    Nations League: Wales boss Ryan Giggs revels in Harry Wilson's stunner

    Nations League: Wales boss Ryan Giggs revels in Harry Wilson's stunner

    Essentially two wins in these next two games will leave Martin O'Neill's side just two games away from the Euros. We'll also stream our commentary on our YouTube channel which you can alos listen to at the top of this article.
  • Canelo Alvarez Wants Floyd Mayweather Rematch, Stop Hurting Boxing!

    Instead of pay-per-views for his fights, fans in America and other selected regions (not the UK), will get to watch his fights for £7 a month.
    Trial On Harvard Admissions Scandal Begins

    Trial On Harvard Admissions Scandal Begins

    Justice Department threw its support behind the lawsuit, saying Harvard's admissions process "may be infected with racial bias". At stake is 40 years of legal precedent allowing race to be one factor in deciding which students to admit .
    Cosmonaut Describes Aborted Soyuz Launch

    Cosmonaut Describes Aborted Soyuz Launch

    But he told Rossia-24 television that the pressure was not any greater than what they endured during training for the mission. Krikalyov said findings of the investigation are expected to be released by the end of next week.
  • Pete Davidson Is

    Pete Davidson Is "Doing Fine" After Ariana Grande Breakup

    Grande said that she knew when she met Davidson on the set of Saturday Night Live in March 2016 that the two were meant to be. She had also removed her $100,000 engagement ring, which she reportedly returned to Pete immediately after their split.
    Netflix stock price jumps after hours on 7 million new subscribers

    Netflix stock price jumps after hours on 7 million new subscribers

    On Tuesday, Netflix reported third-quarter earnings of 89 cents per share versus the 68 cents FactSet Street estimate. In all, Netflix added nearly 2 million more subscribers than the 5.09 Wall Street expected.
    Israeli fire wounds 32 Palestinians in Gaza beach protest

    Israeli fire wounds 32 Palestinians in Gaza beach protest

    "A launch [of a rocket] from the Gaza Strip aimed at hitting the Israeli territory has been registered", the statement said . Netanyahu met with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and other senior security officials to assess the situation.
  • Woman Fired For Blocking Black Man From Entering His Own Apartment Building!

    Woman Fired For Blocking Black Man From Entering His Own Apartment Building!

    You are uncomfortable because of you", Toles responded. "You can be uncomfortable". "I don't need to tell you that information". In a Facebook post Saturday evening, Toles thanked his supporters who have been posting hundreds of comments of encouragement.
    Joel Embiid Punked By Boston Celtics On NBA Opening Night

    Joel Embiid Punked By Boston Celtics On NBA Opening Night

    Still, the Celtics defeated the Philadelphia 76ers by 18 points in a 105-87 final at TD Garden on Tuesday night. I was stunned when the results of last season's Coach of the Year vote came back and Dwane Casey got the nod.

    Nick Bosa not returning to OSU to focus on NFL Draft

    Oh, and quarterback Dwayne Haskins is on pace to break virtually every single-season passing record in the Ohio State record book. He met with Urban Meyer and some other members of the Buckeyes staff over the weekend to inform them of his intentions.