Dietary supplements are vitamins, probiotics, minerals, herbs, and enzymes. They are sold in the form of pills, powders, shakes, and bars and advertised to help with things like bodybuilding, weight loss, pain, disease, anti-aging, and brain power. Some supplements seem too good to be true. The FDA has banned the manufacturers of dietary supplements from claiming that their product can treat, cure, or prevent any medical condition. Unfortunately, it’s up to the manufacturers to regulate the safety of their own products. Too often, manufacturers break the rules and make false claims about their products, and there are simply too many of these products for the FDA to monitor.
At GoldenbergLaw, our dietary supplement attorneys in Minneapolis help shut down manufacturers and hold them accountable for the damages done by their products.
Case Quick Facts
According to the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a dietary supplement is more closely related to a food than a drug. Supplements are meant to add or enhance nutrition an individual is receiving from their food intake. It is important to note, however, that dietary supplements contain ingredients that can have strong biological effects on the body.
The FDA doesn’t have regulatory control over dietary supplements. What does this mean? It means that supplement manufacturers are in charge of regulating the safety and efficacy of their own products. The sale and manufacturing of dietary supplements is a multi-billion dollar industry that shows no sign of slowing down. Since supplements don’t need FDA approval before being sold on the market, manufacturers can easily make grandiose claims that are usually untrue. It is only through adverse event reporting filed by consumers to the manufacturer (who then is supposed to relay the report to the FDA) that the dangers of dietary supplements become known.
If a dietary supplement contains anything other than a dietary ingredient, it is considered to be adulterated. In this case, the FDA may issue a warning letter to the manufacturer directing them to remove the adulterated ingredient. Additionally, if the FDA is able to prove that the supplement or any of its ingredients is dangerous, it can issue a recall of the product.
Depending on the supplement, your body can react adversely in many different ways. Whether it be issues with your stomach, your skin, or any other organ, it’s important that the dietary supplement companies are held responsible for their mistakes.
The following supplements are amongst the most common in terms of having dangerous incidents:
- Diet Pills and Weight Loss Supplements
Diet claims of companies like Sensa, LeanSpa, HD Diet Direct, and Quick Trim have all been sued for false claims.
- Energy Drinks
Monster Beverage has been sued for marketing its drinks to children and has been investigated by the FDA for five deaths and a heart attack after users consumed the highly caffeinated product.
- Wen Hair Care Products
More than 200 customers sued Wen in a class action lawsuit in 2016, claiming they had incurred hair loss from using the products. A settlement was reached.
- Products containing Colloidal Silver
The FDA has banned health claims from being made with colloidal silver. Argyria is a skin discoloration side effect that can occur from ingesting these products.
- Herbal Supplements
Liver injuries can occur with some of these products. Recently, products containing kava and blue-green algae were linked to liver damage.
If you feel you have been injured by a dietary supplement, our experienced attorneys will evaluate your case and guide you through the legal process.
When it comes to dietary supplements, it’s the manufacturer’s responsibility to make sure the products they are shipping won’t do you any harm. If they do, you have the right to fight. Contact GoldenbergLaw today and leave the sleepless nights to us.Do I Qualify?
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