December 16, 2010 |
The Food and Drug Administration warned the nation's dietary supplements industry Wednesday against spiking its products with steroids, prescription drugs and other prohibited substances. The warning was the latest salvo in a long-running battle between federal regulators and an industry that is held to far less rigorous health and safety standards than those imposed on makers of pharmaceuticals and medical devices ? thanks in part to powerful friends in Congress. Unlike drugs, dietary supplements don't have to be proven safe before being sold, and manufacturers can make general claims about health benefits.
May 25, 2009 |
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.
December 18, 2006 |
The $22-billion-a-year U.S. dietary supplement industry will be required to report consumer side effects from its products under a bill that Congress passed and President Bush is expected to sign. Supplement manufacturers, including Herbalife Ltd., United Natural Foods Inc., Nature's Sunshine Products Inc. and Usana Health Sciences Inc., will have 15 business days to report adverse events, including death and hospitalization, to the Food and Drug Administration.
August 6, 2005
IN THE INTERVIEW MONDAY in which President Bush made news by defending the teaching of the "intelligent design" theory, he also defended former Texas Ranger (now Baltimore Oriole) Rafael Palmeiro, recently suspended from Major League Baseball for a positive steroid test. "Palmeiro is a friend," said Bush, once the Rangers' managing partner. "He testified in public [that he never took steroids], and I believe him."
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July 23, 2005 |
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ended his $8-million contract with a muscle magazine publisher last week. But his deep emotional, political and business ties to bodybuilding -- and to the supplement industry that feeds it -- won't be so easily severed. Since becoming governor, Schwarzenegger has remained closely involved with the bodybuilding world and with the supplement companies whose products promise such things as ripped muscles, "thermonuclear" energy and better sex.
July 18, 2005 |
In 2003, the chief executive of Metabolife International Inc., then the leading purveyor of herbal dietary supplements in the country, complained to me about the "negative media" concerning its top product, ephedra. Ephedra was then heading toward a government ban, largely because of its links to heart attacks and strokes. The CEO, David Brown, insisted ephedra was generally safe. He said his company was the target of an irrational attack.