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  Dietary Supplements: An Advertising Guide for Industry
Although there is no requirement that a dietary supplement claim be supported by any specific number of studies, the replication of research results in an independently-conducted study adds to the weight of the evidence.
Dietary supplement advertisers should be aware that the use of newspaper articles, abstracts of scientific studies, or other "third party literature" to promote a particular brand or product can have an impact on how consumers interpret an advertisement and on what claims the advertiser will be responsible for substantiating.
Marketers of dietary supplements should be familiar with the requirements under both DSHEA and the FTC Act that labeling and advertising claims be truthful, not misleading and substantiated.
www.ftc.gov /bcp/conline/pubs/buspubs/dietsupp.htm   (8773 words)

 Glyconutrient Supplements
Dietary supplements refer to products made up of one or more of the essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and protein.
What this means is that when choosing whether to use dietary supplements, the consumers and, manufacturers have the responsibility of checking the safety of the dietary supplements and determining the truthfulness of the label claims.
Consumers cannot assume that dietary supplements are safe, pure, or that the quantities of active ingredients are listed on their labels--the nutritional supplement industry is largely unregulated.
www.ifoundhealth.com /supplement.htm   (967 words)

 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994
Except for purposes of section 201(g), a dietary supplement shall be deemed to be a food within the meaning of this Act.
A food, dietary ingredient, or dietary supplement for which a truthful and not misleading statement is made in accordance with section 403(r)(6) is not a drug under clause (C) solely because the label or the labeling contains such a statement.".
The advance notice of proposed rulemaking concerning dietary supplements published in the Federal Register of June 18, 1993 (58 FR 33690-33700) is null and void and of no force or effect insofar as it applies to dietary supplements.
www.fda.gov /opacom/laws/dshea.html   (3299 words)

 Dietary Supplements: Facts vs. Fads
There's little evidence that dietary supplements have the effects that they claim - and there is evidence that some supplements can cause serious damage to a user's health, especially when that user is a teen.
Dietary supplements are products that include vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs, or botanicals (plants) - or any concentration, extract, or combination of these - as part of their ingredients.
Research suggests that this hormone supplement may lead to health problems such as acne, gynecomastia (breast enlargement in guys), and heart problems.
www.kidshealth.org /teen/food_fitness/dieting/diet_supplements.html   (1033 words)

 FDA/CFSAN Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994
The provisions of DSHEA define dietary supplements and dietary ingredients; establish a new framework for assuring safety; outline guidelines for literature displayed where supplements are sold; provide for use of claims and nutritional support statements; require ingredient and nutrition labeling; and grant FDA the authority to establish good manufacturing practice (GMP) regulations.
Under DSHEA a dietary supplement is adulterated if it or one of its ingredients presents "a significant or unreasonable risk of illness or injury" when used as directed on the label, or under normal conditions of use (if there are no directions).
Supplement manufacturers must notify FDA at least 75 days before marketing products containing new dietary ingredients, providing the agency with the information on which the conclusion that a dietary supplement containing the new dietary ingredient "will reasonably be expected to be safe" was based.
www.cfsan.fda.gov /~dms/dietsupp.html   (1574 words)

 Dietary Supplement Information Bureau
Recognizing that dietary supplements play a valuable role in promoting improved health and well-being, in 1994 the Congress enacted a comprehensive new law changing the way in which vitamins, minerals, herbs and specialty supplements are regulated by the federal government.
Accordingly, FTC issued "Dietary Supplements: An Advertising Guide for Industry" in which the agency states that both strong scientific substantiation and a careful presentation of the facts are the criteria that FTC relies on in regulating the advertising and Internet marketing of dietary supplements.
As this description makes clear, the dietary supplement industry is subject to extensive laws and regulations at the federal level, all of which are designed to ensure that safe, beneficial and quality supplements are available for health promotion and disease management.
www.supplementinfo.org /industry.asp   (1382 words)

 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994
Highly beneficial to the Health Supplement industry, the DSHEA made the supplement company responsible for determining that a product is safe and that representations of claims made about their product are not false or misleading.
DSHEA defines a dietary supplement as a 'natural substance which goes beyond essential nutrients to include other substances such as ginseng, garlic, fish oils, psyllium, enzymes, glandulars, and mixtures of these.' Restated int detail, according to the DSHEA, a dietary supplement is:
If the supplements label indicated that the product can diagnose, cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent a disease, then it is clearly being represented as a "drug" and is no longer considered a dietary supplement.
www.alzcorp.com /dietary_supplement_act.html   (680 words)

 Council for Responsible Nutrition
Supplements are easy to add to the daily diet, and are often the first step consumers take toward greater nutritional awareness and the adoption of other healthy lifestyle choices.
Both the food pyramid and the dietary supplement pyramid sit on a base deliberately chosen to highlight a key component–grain products in the case of the food pyramid and multivitamins in the case of the supplement pyramid.
Many other dietary supplements are available and their use is often tied to special needs or specific dietary lacks.
www.crnusa.org /about_pyramid.html   (1208 words)

 Reviewing Dietary Supplement Sources
Thoroughly research the manufacturer, their history, and current practices, to determine if they are a dietary supplement manufacturer who insists on quality and purity in their products.
Certificates of analysis are laboratory assays performed for dietary supplement manufacturers that attest to the purity and active ingredients in the supplement.
A good rule of thumb to follow is that if a manufacturer of dietary supplements can supply a Certificate of Analysis, this often demonstrates their intent to sell only quality supplements.
www.beta-glucan-info.com /news/dietary_supplement.htm   (641 words)

 FDA/CFSAN Overview of Dietary Supplements
Dietary supplements can also be extracts or concentrates, and may be found in many forms such as tablets, capsules, softgels, gelcaps, liquids, or powders.
A "new dietary ingredient" is one that meets the above definition for a "dietary ingredient" and was not sold in the U.S. in a dietary supplement before October 15, 1994.
Also unlike drug products, manufacturers and distributors of dietary supplements are not currently required by law to record, investigate or forward to FDA any reports they receive of injuries or illnesses that may be related to the use of their products.
www.cfsan.fda.gov /~dms/ds-oview.html   (2266 words)

 An FDA Guide to Dietary Supplements
If shoppers find dietary supplements whose labels state or imply that the product can help diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent a disease (for example, "cures cancer" or "treats arthritis"), they should realize that the product is being marketed illegally as a drug and as such has not been evaluated for safety or effectiveness.
Supplements made by a nationally known food and drug manufacturer, for example, have likely been made under tight controls because these companies already have in place manufacturing standards for their other products.
Supplement users who suffer a serious harmful effect or illness that they think is related to supplement use should call a doctor or other health-care provider.
www.fda.gov /fdac/features/1998/598_guid.html   (3414 words)

 What's in the Bottle? An Introduction to Dietary Supplements
Dietary supplements (also called nutritional supplements, or supplements for short) were defined in a law passed by Congress in 1994 (see the box below).
Examples of dietary ingredients include vitamins, minerals, herbs* (as single herbs or mixtures), other botanicals, amino acids, and dietary substances such as enzymes and glandulars.
Dietary supplements are sold in grocery, health food, drug, and discount stores, as well as through mail-order catalogs, TV programs, the Internet, and direct sales.
nccam.nih.gov /health/bottle   (2591 words)

 CNN - FTC sets guidelines aimed at more truthful dietary supplement ads - November 18, 1998
If a supplement called "Cold Away" is advertised with images implying it helps prevent colds, advertisers should be prepared to substantiate that claim.
Unlike prescription or over-the-counter medications, the supplement industry is relatively free of government regulation as a result of the 1994 Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act.
Dietary supplements cannot promise to directly treat or prevent disease and illness, but supplement makers can make more general claims of "supporting bodily functions."
www.cnn.com /HEALTH/9811/18/dietary.supplements.02/index.html   (566 words)

 Dietary Supplement Manufacturers
USP resources for educating consumers and healthcare professionals on USP-Verified dietary supplements.
Dietary supplement manufacturers who buy USP-verified ingredients are assured of getting consistent quality.
Arrange a free USP professional education program on dietary supplements for your retail pharmacists.
www.usp.org /audiences/dietarySupPro   (371 words)

 Dietary supplements: Using vitamin and mineral supplements wisely - MayoClinic.com
To use dietary supplements wisely, assess your needs, evaluate the merits of taking supplements, and understand how to choose and use them.
Dietary supplements aren't meant to be food substitutes, as they can't replicate all of the nutrients and benefits of whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables.
But dietary supplements can still play a role in your health by complementing your regular diet if you have trouble getting enough nutrients.
www.mayoclinic.com /health/supplements/NU00198   (803 words)

 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA)
The 1994 Dietary Supplement Act does not require that dietary supplements (defined broadly to include many substances, such as herbs and amino acids, that have no nutritive value) be shown to be safe or effective before they are marketed.
The association of A. fangchi with urothelial carcinoma is not the first instance in which dietary supplements have caused potentially serious harm, although this is the strongest association of an herb with a cancer in humans.
However, since most "dietary supplements" are either useless, irrationally formulated, and/or overpriced, the supplement industry is has little reason to provide literature that is not misleading.
www.quackwatch.org /02ConsumerProtection/dshea.html   (2480 words)

 Dietary Supplements
Despite known hazards, many potentially dangerous dietary supplements are readily available for purchase in stores and on the Internet, according to a new report from Consumer Reports.
[K]nown for its Stacker 2 dietary supplements, made with ephedra, NVE calls the government's ban "unlawful" and claims that ephedra, an adrenaline-like stimulant also known as ma huang, helps people lose weight and is safe when used as directed.
While pharmaceutical firms need to prove their drugs are safe with years of testing, dietary supplement makers can sell pills over the counter unless the government can prove their products are unsafe.
www.foodlaw.org /dietary_supplements.htm   (1282 words)

 Food and Nutrition: Choices for Health > What are dietary supplements?
Before the United States congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) in 1994, the term "dietary supplement" referred to products made of one or more of the essential nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, and protein.
DSHEA expanded the definition stating that herbs, or other botanicals (except tobacco), and any dietary substance that can be used to supplement the diet were to be included in the definition.
The DSHEA places supplements in a special category somewhere between food additives which, by law, require testing, and drugs that, also by law, require rigorous testing for efficacy, safety and potency.
www.extension.iastate.edu /nutrition/supplements   (698 words)

 Dietary supplements: Do you need them? - MayoClinic.com
Also, if you have a disease of your liver, gallbladder, intestines or pancreas, or if you've had surgery on your digestive tract, you may not be able to digest and absorb nutrients properly.
Taking dietary supplements, however, won't make up for the major health risks caused by excessive alcohol consumption.
Dietary supplements: Using vitamin and mineral supplements wisely
www.mayoclinic.com /health/dietary-supplements/NU00635   (793 words)

 SUPPLEMENTS - Dietary Supplement - Nutritional Supplement
A concentrated fatty acid dietary supplement (regular strength) for use in dogs and cats.
A concentrated fatty acid dietary supplement for dogs and cats.Regular strength for small and medium breeds.
A nutritional supplement which contains choline, phospholipids, and glycolipids to enhance choline loading, and other important ingredients frequently found to be deficient in diets of geriatric animals.
www.biovets.com /supplements_28_ctg.htm   (295 words)

 Dietary Supplement Regulations
CRN is dedicated to helping to reduce health care costs and enhancing the public’s health through good nutrition, including the appropriate use of dietary supplements.
To fulfill this mission, CRN supports a science-based environment for the responsible marketing of dietary supplement products and provides its member companies with legislative guidance, regulatory interpretation, scientific information on supplement benefits and safety issues, and communications expertise.
For the most recent events in the supplement industry, the regulatory FACTS about how the FDA and FTC handle the supplement industry, or consumer tips like how to properly read a supplement label, visit CRN’s web site at www.crnusa.org.
www.propernutrition.com /fda.html   (351 words)

 Commission on Dietary Supplement Labels   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
The Commission on Dietary Supplement Labels -- established by Congress in the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 and appointed by President Clinton -- has transmitted its final report to the President, the Congress, and the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
As requested, the Commission conducted a study on and is providing recommendations for the regulation of label claims and statements for dietary supplements, including the use of literature in connection with the sale of dietary supplements and procedures for the evaluation of such claims.
To accomplish its task, the Commission obtained advice from individuals, consumer organizations, the dietary supplement industry, and scientific organizations through written submissions and a series of public meetings throughout the United States.
www.health.gov /dietsupp   (300 words)

 The Nutritional and Dietary Supplement Law Blog   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Supplement companies with valuable trademarks should heed the advice of Jennifer Diaz, International Trade lawyer at Becker and Poliakoff (pictured left).
The US Tax Court has held that when a dietary supplement manufacturer suffers “shrinkage” of inventory due to spoilage of supplements it may reduce its cost of goods sold, and its corresponding tax burden, by the value of the lost supplements.
Dietary Supplement Information Bureau Promoting the responsible use of vitamins, minerals, herbs and specialty supplements.
nutrisuplaw.com   (2174 words)

 Tryptophan: Dietary Supplement
Simply supplementing serotonin when there is a deficiency would appear to be the easiest solution; however, since serotonin cannot pass through the blood-brain barrier, direct supplementation with serontonin is in fact ineffective.
Thus supplementation of tryptophan would appear to be a simple and natural alternative to SSRI drugs.
On its own, melatonin supplementation has been shown to be an effective treatment for insomnia; however, combining melatonin with tryptophan may prove even more effective.
www.acdlabs.com /publish/tryptophan/supplement.html   (591 words)

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