The Food and Drug Administration issues recalls on drugs and food products that have been known to be capable of exposing consumers to serious health issues.
Recall campaigns that involved a series of dietary supplements that had been tainted with drugs banned by the FDA may have been issued a while back, but new studies suggest such drugs continued to be sold regardless of the campaign. According to Reuters, more than half of all tainted dietary supplements are still available for purchase by consumers across the country.
The issue appears to be the loose laws regarding items advertised as dietary supplements. According to some experts, supplements that are recalled should not be sold but the FDA’s loose regulatory power over this particular kind of drugs makes it hard for the federal agency to require the manufacturers to comply with the recalls the same way pharmaceuticals are obliged to by law.
Dietary supplements are regulated like food items. Food producers with products that have been tainted with salmonella, for an instance, would be required to ensure their facilities are cleaned. The manufacturing of that particular food item would then continue. When it comes to dietary supplements that contain drugs that have been banned by the FDA, the lack of recall enforcement may lead to the company’s failure to comply, exposing several consumers to major risks as a result.
According to the latest studies, at least 70 percent of 400 supplement brands that have been produced with pharmaceuticals have been recalled. Out of the 274 recalled supplements, 27 have been studied. According to the report, researchers were able to purchase 18 supplements out of the 27. All of them contained pharmaceutical adulterants.
Many of these dietary supplements were marketed for weight loss, sports enhancement and other activities. Some of the recalled supplements found at stores included items that were produced with sibutramine, which is a drug that has already been linked to stroke and heart attack risks. The FDA also banned a drug known as phenolphthalein, which has also been found in several of the tainted dietary supplements purchased by the researchers. These items are known to have been removed from the markets due to the risks associated with cancer.
According to the FDA, manufacturers of dietary supplements are responsible for ensuring they are marketing products that are safe for consumption. They are also required to ensure the product they are attempting to sell is not adulterated in any way.
Consumers who are concerned about the risks associated with purchasing and consuming recalled dietary supplements that contain recalled drugs should make sure to follow this link to read more details on the research carried out by the FDA.