December 23, 2010 - Makers of dietary supplements may face criminal prosecution, according to a recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) consumer update. This comes after several reports of injuries or death from use of dietary supplements that contain undeclared ingredients or have deceptive labels.
According to the FDA update, this also includes dietary supplements that contain active ingredients found in drugs that are already approved. These dietary supplements are mostly marketed to individuals who are interested in losing weight, body building and sexual enhancement.
The risk of serious injury or even death is possible with drugs that have never been tested in human beings. Some of the adverse effects that individuals have suffered from taking some dietary products include kidney and liver damage, stroke and pulmonary failure.
The FDA has also posted warnings on its website advising consumers to stay away from dietary supplements with certain claims, such as:
- products that claim they are a legal alternative to anabolic steroids;
- products that market themselves through mass emails or are marketed primarily in a foreign language;
- products that warn consumers that once consumed, the product will give a positive test result if the user is submitted to a drug test for performance enhancing drugs; and
- products that claim they are alternatives to actual FDA-approved drugs.
If you have suffered injuries because of a dangerous dietary supplement, you may be entitled to recover compensation. A Clarksburg product liability attorney can evaluate your case to determine if your injuries were the result of taking a dangerous prescription drug and assist you throughout the claims process.
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The Miley Legal Group will work with you to fight for the compensation you deserve and help you to move on with your life. Contact us today to schedule a no-cost consultation - 304-326-1800.