Massive Drug Recalls are a Wake Up Call for Vitamin and Supplement Industry

April 18, 2013 9:34 PM

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A new study has found that dietary supplements accounted for more than half of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Class I drug recalls between 2004 and 2012. The “Class I” designation means that the supplements contained ingredients with a reasonable probability of causing “serious adverse health consequences or death.”

Of the 465 drugs subject to a Class I recall in the U.S. between January 2004 and December 2012, 237 (or 51%) were dietary supplements. The majority of recalls occurred after 2008 for unknown reasons, according to the St. Michael’s Hospital research team.

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