Since March 2007, FDA has notified the public a total of 662 times about potentially dangerous dietary supplement products marketed for sexual enhancement, weight loss, and muscle building that were found to contain hidden drug ingredients (see here). In 2015 alone, FDA has issued 90 such notices, signaling the agency is not wavering from its longstanding commitment to stamping out this public health menace. But just how effective has this strategy been? Unfortunately, I suspect the availability of these insidious products to consumers over the internet and at retail establishments like gas stations and convenience stores has been mostly unaffected, despite FDA’s impressive efforts over the last eight-plus years to warn consumers about such products. In fact, the consistency and sheer volume of FDA’s notices suggests the market for these products continues to thrive and that consumers are either unaware of FDA’s repeated warnings or intent on ignoring them, regardless of the risks. Either way, a public health disaster is an inevitability as long as chemicals of questionable origin and safety are illicitly manufactured and marketed under the guise of dietary supplements to multitudes of uninformed or misguided consumers in a quest to achieve sexual enhancement, weight loss, and muscle building (see here and here for my previous posts on this topic).
- THE UNSETTLING SHORTAGE DRUG DILEMMA FACING HOSPITALS AND MEDICAL CLINICS December 1, 2018
- A POTENTIAL SHIFT IN FDA’S APPROACH TO TAINTED DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS November 29, 2018
- FDA ALERTS THE PUBLIC TO WESTMINSTER PHARMACEUTICALS, LLC DRUG RECALL August 20, 2018
- SENTENCING ANNOUNCED IN ILLEGAL FOREIGN-SOURCED DRUG CAPER August 2, 2018
- DECEPTIVE, UNETHICAL, AND POTENTIALLY CRIMINAL SHORTAGE DRUG DIVERSION SCHEMES CONTINUE TO THREATEN PATIENTS AND OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM July 13, 2018
- FDA’S LATEST STATEMENT ON DRUG SHORTAGES SIDESTEPS THE ROLE OF DIVERSION-AGAIN June 1, 2018