If you take dietary supplements, you should proceed with caution, as there have been reports that there are dangerous products in the marketplace.
In a chilling story, CBS News reported that in a study of supplements bought online, researchers found products containing “hidden steroids, similar ingredients to Viagra and Prozac and a weight loss drug linked with heart attacks.”
The news outlet reported that researchers studied 27 products purchased online which previously went through recalls, finding that 18 contained ingredients not approved for over-the-counter use, while 17 still had the same drug that prompted the recalls.
It should be noted that defective supplements have been linked to kidney complications, liver cancer and even wrongful death. The study raised concern among safety advocates, who said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration needs to do more to combat sales.
“There should be significant legal and financial consequences for manufacturers who the FDA finds to be continuing to sell these spiked supplements,” lead author Dr. Pieter Cohen said, according to CBS News.
Unlike prescription drugs, dietary supplements do not have to go through the same clinical trials before being sold. Most recalls are voluntary, and only occur when injuries or deaths are reported.
The supplement study was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
Researchers found that two weight loss supplements contained the active ingredient in Prozac. Additionally, 10 bodybuilding supplements were found to contain anabolic steroids or related compounds.
Can I Speak to an Attorney If I’m Injured by a Dietary Supplement?
If you suffer personal injuries due to taking a dietary supplement, you should contact our defective products attorneys immediately. Make sure you write down your symptoms, as you could have proof for an injury claim.
Help is available if a defective product has harmed you. Contact our office today.
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