Are Nutritional Supplements Safe?

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May 9, 2017
Colson Hicks Eidson

Unlike prescription drugs, nutritional supplements are not subject to sufficient scrutiny by government agencies. Supplements do not require pre-approval from the FDA like drugs you would buy at a pharmacy. In some cases, nutritional supplements you can buy in many stores lead to incredibly harmful health effects. So, are nutritional supplements safe? In this video, food and supplement attorney Curtis Miner explains how these products can harm consumers, including athletes.

Video Transcription:

Drugs are overseen by the Food and Drug Administration, the FDA. Nutritional supplements, unlike medicines you might get from the pharmacy, do not require pre-approval from the FDA. Supplements can have all sorts of ingredients in them that could have effects on your body that are significant or more significant than the effects of a prescription drug that you would need a doctor’s prescription for and have to get at a pharmacy. Nutritional supplements are very popular, particularly among athletes. People who go to the gym. Weight lifters. And you can go to any vitamin shop. You can go to any GNC. You can open any athletic magazine and you’ll see advertisements for nutritional supplements that will make you lose weight fast, build muscle fast, get ripped, get lean. And these nutritional supplements are not pre-approved by the FDA. There’s no testing that goes into them before they are sold to people and put in their bodies. We worked on one particular nutritional supplement last year that had particularly drastic effects. Not everyone who would take it but certain people who would take it would have liver failure. Instead of losing weight and gaining muscle fast, they actually suffered severe liver damage. In some cases, people even needed to get liver transplants after taking this supplement. For more information, call Colson Hicks Eidson, 305-476-7400, or visit our website,