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FDA Threatens Dietary Supplement Manufacturers

FDA Warning: A large number of over-the-counter dietary supplements may contain tainted or undeclared ingredients that could lead to life-threatening side effects, and even death.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective dietary supplement, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free confidential case evaluation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and we can help.

FDA: Tainted drugs can no longer be marketed as dietary supplements

December 16, 2010 – After receiving hundreds of reports of side effects and deaths, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned manufacturers of so-called ‘dietary supplements’ that they can no longer advertise their products as such.

“These tainted products can cause serious adverse effects, including strokes, organ failure and death,” said FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg. “The manufacturers selling these tainted products are operating outside the law.”

What kind of supplements is the FDA targeting?

The FDA is focusing on three categories where the bulk of these illegal products come from:

  • Weight loss - Many of these products contain sibutramine, which has been found to increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Sexual enhancement – Products like Vigor-25, Magic Power Coffee, & Duro Extend Capsules for Men. These have the same active ingredient as approved drugs Viagra, Cialis and Levitra–which are available only by prescription.
  • Body building products – Some of these supplements contain anabolic steroids, which are strictly controlled substances that can lead to serious injury or death.

What makes these ‘supplements’ dangerous?

Lab results on a number of dietary supplements revealed a host of undeclared active ingredients including anticoagulants (drugs that prevent blood from clotting) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) that prevent inflammation and pain. The FDA also found supplements that contained active drugs that had been taken off the market as a safety precaution.

Do I have a Dietary Supplement Injury Lawsuit?

The trial lawyers at The Senators (Ret.) Firm, LLP have decades of experience navigating through complex legislative and regulatory issues and litigating high stakes cases all over the nation. Our law firm focuses on the representation of plaintiffs in dietary supplement side effects lawsuits. We are currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.

Again, if you or a loved one has been injured by a dietary supplement, you should contact our lawyers immediately by clicking the link below or calling toll free 1-800-773-0849. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and we can help.

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