June 23, 2007 |
Starting this summer, the makers of vitamins and dietary supplements will have to do something they've never done before: verify that what they sell is real. On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that starting in late August, manufacturers in the $22-billon-a-year industry must conduct tests to show that their products contain all the ingredients on the label -- nothing more and nothing less. Companies must also keep records of consumer complaints.
November 14, 1987 |
Rekindling an old debate, researchers at the University of Wisconsin have concluded that large doses of Vitamin C may reduce the severity of the common cold. Elliot Dick, a professor of preventive medicine, presented his team's findings this week at an international symposium on medical virology in Anaheim.
November 5, 1988 |
The Food and Drug Administration warned physicians Friday that three patients receiving intravenous feedings have died recently due to a lack of Vitamin B1, and the agency urged doctors to make sure such liquid diets are supplemented with the essential vitamin. A multivitamin preparation usually added to intravenous feedings is in short supply because a Chicago manufacturer, Lyphomed Inc., had to cut production after the FDA ordered a recall in July of some of the company's product.
July 11, 1988 |
At the Energy Pool bar in the heart of Tokyo's business district, office workers worn out by the daily grind are seeking a solution at the bottom of a bottle--a tonic bottle. A fixture at drugstores and kiosks in commuter stations, tonics are the kick that refreshes the hard-working Japanese, famous for toiling long hours and shunning paid holidays. Taking a tonic here is not like popping open a cola for breakfast or sneaking a nip at lunch in the United States.
September 20, 1990 |
A promising approach to preventing cancer with the help of vitamins and other nutrients has produced mixed results in two new studies: They found that two forms of Vitamin A helped prevent certain oral tumors but had no effect on the recurrence of skin cancers. The studies, reported today in The New England Journal of Medicine, are among the first to explore so-called chemo-prevention--the use of nutrients and drugs to try to delay the development of lung, colon, breast and other cancers.
July 2, 1994 |
Edward Handcock is a faithful patron of Mrs. Gooch's natural food emporium in Redondo Beach, a true believer in the restorative powers of fish oil--and a foot soldier in the "vitamin wars" of the 1990s. The 82-year-old Torrance resident is a willing recruit in the army of consumers who have gone to bat for the $4-billion-a-year dietary supplement industry in its battle with the federal government over regulation of everything from beta carotene to shark cartilage.
May 21, 1999 |
Two European giants in the vitamin industry agreed Thursday to plead guilty to criminal charges and pay a record $725 million in fines for conspiring to fix and inflate vitamin prices around the world in the 1990s. The scheme, said Justice Department officials, reached into virtually every American household through the artificial inflation of prices for over-the-counter dietary supplements and fortified products such as cereal and cattle nutrients.
April 7, 2000 |
Four former executives of European vitamin companies agreed Thursday to plead guilty, pay fines and serve time in U.S. prisons for scheming to fix the prices of an alphabet soup of vitamins around the world during the 1990s, the Justice Department said. In four criminal cases filed in U.S. District Court in Dallas, the department charged three former BASF executives and one former F. Hoffmann-LaRoche Ltd.
July 30, 1993 |
Americans are being subjected daily to unproven and potentially dangerous health claims made by dietary supplements, the Food and Drug Administration said in a study released Thursday. The agency cited more than 500 examples of fraudulent claims about vitamins and other dietary supplements--including mineral, herbal and ammino acid products. "When consumers see a health claim for a dietary supplement, they assume it will provide the benefit it touts," FDA Commissioner David A.
October 25, 2000 |
What do you do when your company is hamstrung by a pile of debt and shrinking margins in an industry rattled by price fixing, bad publicity and sluggish growth? If you're Gale Bensussen, you reach for the stomach medication. Then you turn it into a hot-selling product. The president of Carson-based Leiner Health Products Inc., one of the world's leading manufacturers of vitamins and supplements, is now moving the firm aggressively into over-the-counter medications.