Risky dietary supplements are a moving target for the FDA, and purveyors of questionable cures exploit weaknesses in the agency’s ability to police the $39 billion supplement industry, lawyers and academics told Bloomberg BNA.
Significant legal and public health questions turn on whether the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act adequately protects consumers from dangerous ingredients.
The federal law serves as the foundation of the Food and Drug Administration’s authority over dietary supplements.
But DSHEA doesn’t require the pre-market approval required for drugs, and that’s the rub for those who criticize the law.
“They have to wait for evidence ...