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“Supplementing” Conversation About Nutraceuticals/Cosmeceuticals

March 8th, 2011
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“Relieves, helps, aids, protects, reduces, may help to slow…”
Fill in the blank for many products (particularly those labeled nutraceuticals or cosmeceuticals) whose marketers some times “claim” that they can do all or some of the above.
These claims can be dangerous, as shown by a recent report in FDA’s Medwatch. The report provided public notification of an “undeclared drug ingredient” in Fruta Planta, a dietary supplement imported from outside the United States.  The FDA had received multiple reports of adverse events associated with the use of the product, which included cardiac events and, in one case, death.
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