being reported that dietary supplements send thousands of people to emergency rooms across the country every year.
A recent study tracked the number of people who go to the emergency room
to be treated for reactions to dietary health supplements. The results
of that study are startling and should put anyone taking certain types
of supplements on notice.
the New England Journal of Medicine, reports that an estimated 23,005 people go to the emergency room to be
treated for side effects of taking dietary supplements. From those 20,000
visits, more than 2,000 people on average are subsequently hospitalized
for treatment. The cost to the overall health care system is another burden
on an already expensive system.
The majority of emergency room visits are from unsupervised children and
young adults taking supplements. The supplements involved include weight
loss supplements and energy pills, both causing dangerous heart palpitations
and conditions that scared the people taking them enough to send them
to the hospital for treatment.
Dietary Supplement Health Act of 1994
Dietary supplements are not regulated like other pharmaceutical drugs in
that the FDA does not study dietary supplements for effectiveness. Typical
drugs used to treat diseases must go through a score of studies and evaluations
all regulated by the FDA. If after all the studies and evaluations a drug
is shown to effectively treat a disease, it can be marketed and sold to
the public as a medicine.
In contrast, dietary supplements are regulated by the
Dietary Supplement Health Act of 1994. This act regulates the labels that go on supplements, what supplements
can be used, and the distribution and sale of dietary supplements. Under
the provisions of the act, the primary thing that the FDA regulates is
safety of supplements. As a result, dietary health supplements are not
put under the same scrutiny as medicines designed to treat disease.
State and Federal Laws for Defective Pharmaceuticals and Supplements
Despite all the regulation in the world, defective pharmaceuticals and
dietary supplements still make it into consumers’ hands. Dangerous
drugs can be the cause of life-changing injuries that not only put people
in the hospital, but cause permanent damage. It seems that everyday we
hear stories of medicine that after being released to the public causes
some previously unforeseen side effect or is recalled because it is dangerous
As manufacturers and distributors of products that we consume, drug companies
are under the requirements of state and federal law to provide a safe
product. When these companies fail to do so and cause injury to the consumer,
they should be made to pay for the damages. At
The Pittman Firm we take on and pursue defective pharmaceutical cases to ensure that victims
are justly compensated for the damages they suffer due to defective pills,
drugs, and remedies. If you have been injured from taking bad medicine,
contact us. We look forward to going over your case with you and informing you of
your rights and options.
See related blog posts:
Compounding Crises: Problems in America’s Prescriptions Drug Supply;
Prescription for Harm: Recalled Pharmaceuticals Pose Serious Risks.