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:


1 Nutrition Business Journal 2011

2 Council for Responsible Nutrition

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


6 United States Government Accountability Office

7 U.S. Food and Drug Administration