Dietary Supplements

11
Jan

FTC Issues Newly Revised Health Product Compliance Guidance – How About That!

Just one day after expressing my opinion that more needs to be done to enhance dietary supplement regulations and requirements, I found that the FTC recently revised an older guidance (from 1998) entitled Dietary Supplements: An Advertising Guide for Industry. The new guidance entitled Health Product Compliance Guidance (here), was issued on December 20, 2022 […]

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10
Jan

Failure of Congress to Take Action on Dietary Supplements Keeps Status Quo

Seemingly every day, there is news of a dietary supplement (DS) running afoul of regulations, either by containing a hidden drug ingredient or claiming the product is used in the cure, mitigation, or treatment of a disease, running afoul of the existing FDA dietary supplement regulations.  Congress had the opportunity to redefine FDA oversight of […]

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20
Jul
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ED and Weight Loss Supplements – Stand Up and Take Notice

The dietary supplement market is notorious for issues associated with the inclusion of not-permitted ingredients in marketed supplements.  Kratom is a recent poster child for this issue, but the erectile disfunction and weight loss markets both seem to have extraordinarily bad compliance and enforcement histories.  These two disease states comprise the lion’s share of Warning […]

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20
Jan
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You Just Can’t Go a Week Without Seeing FDA Action on an ED or Weight Loss “Supplement”

So, here is my question – when will the Congress and the FDA get off their butts and do something about active pharmaceutical ingredients appearing in dietary supplements or the other issues with dietary supplements that occur over and over?  This is not a new problem.  We have posted about it numerous times here, here, […]

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19
Oct

FDA/DOJ Gets Tough on Illegal Dietary Ingredient DMAA

Two executives of a dietary ingredient company were sentenced to sixty months and twenty-four months in prison, respectively, for their part in the distribution of two products, Jack3d and OxyElite Pro, touted as workout weight-loss supplements, both containing DMAA, according to a Department of Justice release (here).  The FDA had warned consumers about the dangers […]

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21
Apr

CBD Products – As FDA Resources are focused on COVID-19, will it be this virus that prompts FDA to regulate this Industry?

CBD products are available just about everywhere – you see them show up in gas stations, supermarkets, the internet, convenience stores, farm markets, and just about any place where things are sold.  CBD appears in drinks, pastry, candy, as an oil, and is infused in just about anything that can be orally ingested, or in […]

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21
Mar

ADE Relief During Pandemic – But Only if You Need It!

The guidances related to this COVID 19 pandemic (and I guess in preparation for the next one) are flying off the printers at the Agency.  The FDA issued this Guidance directly with no public comment on March 20, 2020.  It takes into consideration the potential impact of the pandemic on staffing level that may interfere […]

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28
Mar

Dietary Supplements – Using Contract Manufacturers

  As many dietary supplement marketers are essentially virtual companies, all manufacturing and testing is performed by organizations contracted by the marketer.  In the ten years or so since the dietary supplement GMPs went into effect, control of these contractors has been an ongoing challenge.  Most dietary supplement marketers have demonstrated adequate control over their […]

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