Many Supplements Are Illegally Labeled

7686

By: Mari Gold

According to a report by the inspector general of the US Department of Health and Human Services, dozens of purported weight-loss and immune-system supplements are illegally labeled and do not have appropriate scientific evidence to support their claims.

According to the report, 20 percent of the 127 purported weight-loss and immune-boosting supplements purchased by investigators had labels claiming that they cured or treated disease, including diabetes, cancer, HIV, and AIDS.  In addition, seven percent of the products lacked the required disclaimer stating that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had not reviewed the language on the label.

“Supplements that make disease claims could mislead consumers into using them as replacements for prescription drugs or other treatments for medical conditions, with potentially dangerous results,” the report stated. The FDA indicated that it would consider asking Congress for broader oversight powers to review manufacturer claims about the health benefits of supplements.

Comments

comments

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer
The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.