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NEJM on supplements

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"Manufacturers of dietary supplements should obtain premarketing approval from the FDA by demonstrating that their products present no substantial or unreasonable risk of injury," Donald Marcus, MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, and Arthur Grollman, MD, SUNY Stony Brook, write in an editorial in the Dec. 19 NEJM. Authors also suggest supplement manufacturers "be required to report all adverse effects...to the FDA." Piece is one of three articles on botanical supplements that appear in the issue. In response, CRN says many of the authors' six suggestions "are already in progress...[or] can be accomplished by fully implementing" DSHEA. The same day, FDA unveiled a multi-pronged plan addressing regulation and enforcement of the supplement industry...

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