Things Have Changed Dietary supplements are not as strict as pharmaceutical ones Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) removed control from the FDA ◦ Removed the oversight of dietary supplements
Things Have Changed Dietary supplements not promoted as substitution for pharmaceutical FDA guidelines don’t apply to dietary supplements
Inadequate Information Uncertainty surrounding the packaging and advertising of nutraceuticals Growing concerns among consumers and professionals in the industry Not enough information about the quality and proper usage
Learning More Healthcare professionals seek to keep their training up to date Continuing medical education (CME) provides learning programs and conferences Awareness that nutraceuticals have not been properly monitored Not much is known about how ingredients are processed and grown
Not up to Par No trials or studies are conducted on them Question arise ◦ Are they safe? ◦ What are true benefits? Manufactures extravagate benefits due to early study results
Many Differences FDA regulates use of certain ingredients such as ephedrine No guidelines for what can and can’t be put in nutraceuticals ◦ Ephedrine often appears
More then Meets the Eye Belief is that dietary supplements have less side effects Doctors beginning to recommend nutraceuticals along with drugs Customers wonder about an agreement between doctors and manufacturers
Problem Solving The American Nutraceutical Association is interacting with the FDA to resolve problems Manufactures want information about nutraceuticals to be correct Do not want more regulation
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