Supplement Safety – A Paradigm Shift in Regulation

Supplement Safety – A Paradigm Shift in Regulation

The role of the regulator cannot be overstated – regulation has been a fundamental aspect of the medico-industrial complex since 1906 when the Pure Food and Drugs Act was passed, after which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was established in the 1930s. Recently, the United States Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) propelled…

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Responsible Person: A Big Responsibility

Responsible Person: A Big Responsibility

Being the “Responsible Person” (RP) is a big responsibility ( no pun intended). Whomever takes on that position needs to take it very seriously, because that person is responsible for interacting with and reporting to FDA adverse events (AE) and serious adverse events (SAE). This is not a “check box” type position, to be performed by anyone…

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The assessment of whether a supplement caused the adverse event in a very important part of the safety assessment.

The Importance of Casualty

The assessment of causality – whether the supplement caused the adverse event (AE) – is a very important part of the safety assessment. Although the lawyers out there would argue that it’s very difficult (if not impossible) to prove that a supplement caused an event, there are some factors strongly in favor of causality. These…

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