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HEALTH
May 25, 2009 | Melissa Healy
The recent recall of a popular weight-loss supplement comes at a time when Americans are more desperate than ever to lose weight. The pharmaceutical industry has come up virtually empty in a multibillion-dollar race to find a safe and effective weight-loss pill, and consumers, to many health experts' chagrin, are often turning to dietary supplements instead. Now proponents and critics of these products have snapped to attention.
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BUSINESS
September 9, 2009 | W.J. Hennigan
Pharmacy chain CVS Caremark Corp. will repay about $2.8 million to consumers who bought a dietary supplement that was falsely marketed as a product that could prevent illness, the Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday. CVS touted its AirShield tablets and powders as a way to fight off the flu and boost the immune system, but there is no evidence that the products could do either, the commission said. As part of the $2.78-million settlement, CVS agreed to no longer make those claims, and it has changed the products' packaging.
HEALTH
March 1, 2010
If you're shopping for a pill or gadget to trim your waistline, grow your hair or generally make you feel better, you probably take comfort in the words "FDA approved" or "FDA registered. " Even in a time of widespread distrust of government, most people continue to put their faith in the Food and Drug Administration, says Daniel Carpenter, professor of government at Harvard University and author of the soon-to-be published book "Reputation and Power: Organizational Image and Pharmaceutical Regulation at the FDA. " "FDA approval is like the Good Housekeeping seal of approval, only much more so," Carpenter says.
BUSINESS
March 5, 1998 | Newsday
The marketing of dietary supplements and herbal remedies--a $3.2-billion industry--is "out of control today," said Dr. David Kessler, former head of the Food and Drug Administration. Kessler, who served as FDA commissioner from 1990 to 1997 and is now dean of the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., said a loophole in 1994 congressional legislation allowed for "an explosion, an exponential growth in dietary supplements sales" without any coinciding oversight.
NEWS
February 26, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Dietary supplements containing a dangerous solvent have killed one person and hospitalized dozens since October, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said. The products contain gamma-butyrolactone, which is metabolized by the body into gamma-hydroxybutyrate, a potent unapproved drug sometimes called the "date-rape drug," CDC officials said.
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