FDA launches dietary supplement education initiative
June 15, 2022
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a new education project that claims to broaden public understanding of dietary supplements. The campaign, titled “Supplement Your Knowledge,” includes infographics, fact sheets, and videos targeted at consumers, educators, and healthcare professionals.
While the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) continues to closely review these materials, several place a heavy emphasis on the potential “health risks” of dietary supplements use and question their benefits. For example, included among high school curricular material about dietary supplements is a video from Consumer Reports on “snake oil” and other patent medicines marketed before the 1906 passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act.
“This emphasis on risk sounds more like the FDA of the 70s and 80s than today's ODSP staff,” said AHPA President Michael McGuffin. “It's also disingenuous to link safe dietary supplements with snake oil from more than a century ago.”
The homepage for the “Supplement Your Knowledge” campaign can be found here.