Dry AMD Cured?
Dry AMD Cured?
While researching writings by Benjamin Caballero at Johns Hopkins University.1 I was reminded of a major change affecting the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1958—FD&C Act (FDA) that occurred in 1994.
Dietary supplements were under the regulatory authority of the FDA prior to 94. However, the Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act (DSHEA) removed the FDA’s authority over dietary supplements by excluding them.
With those provisions, dietary ingredients used in dietary supplements are no longer subject to the pre-market safety evaluations required of other new foods (and medications).
After a product is marketed the FDA must show that a dietary supplement is “unsafe,” before it can take action to restrict, or remove the product from the marketplace.
Caution must be taken by the consumer to read carefully what retailers state on their websites, and marketing materials for supplements, vitamins and nutrients.
It is illegal to state that their products “cure”. Evidence and scientific studies must prove and be documented and recognized by the FDA for marketing materials that talk of a cure.
In a future post I will reference what happened to one company that was overzealous in their claims.
1 Shils ME, Shike M, Ross AC, Caballero B, Cousins RJ. Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 2005.
A link to Professor B Caballero
Link to FDA