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

RESOURCES:

Pharmacist-driven consumer database: http://www.naturalproductsinfo.org/index.php?submenu=Health_Info&src=gen...

FDA: Approved claims: http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryIn...

FDA: Qualified Claims: http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryIn...

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements Fact Sheets: http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/list-all/

SOURCES:

1 Nutrition Business Journal 2011

2 Council for Responsible Nutrition http://www.crnusa.org/consumersurvey/

3 Age and Sex Patterns of Drug Prescribing in a Defined American Population. Mayo Clinic Proceedings - Volume 88, Issue 7 (July 2013) [in 2007-2008 representing 48% of the U.S. population, increased from 44% in 1999-2000]

4 U.S. Census Bureau http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb08-191.html

5 http://www.cbsnews.com/news/study-shows-70-percent-of-americans-take-pre...

6 United States Government Accountability Office http://gao.gov/assets/660/653113.pdf

7 U.S. Food and Drug Administration http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Surveil...

8 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pharmaceutical_industry#cite_note-38

9 http://www.naturalproductsinsider.com/news/2014/02/fda-data-supplement-c...