The War on Supplements Infographic

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* Supplements include vitamins, botanicals and minerals used to supplement one’s diet. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates both finished dietary supplement products and dietary ingredients under a different set of regulations than those covering other types of foods.

† The FDA defines an adverse event as any undesirable experience associated with the use of a product. Serious means that one or more of the following outcomes were documented in the report: death, hospitalization, life-threatening, disability, congenital anomaly and/or other serious outcome. Documenting one or more of these outcomes in a report does not necessarily mean that the suspect product(s) named in the report was the cause of these outcomes.7


Pharmacist-driven consumer database:

FDA: Approved claims:

FDA: Qualified Claims:

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements Fact Sheets:



2 Council for Responsible Nutrition

3 Kantor, Elizabeth D. etc. al. Trends in Prescription Drug Use Among Adults in the United States From 1999-2012 JAMA. 2015;314(17):1818-1830.




7 U.S. Food and Drug Administration



10Natural Products Insider March 31, 2016