The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a long list of food items and ingredients banned in the U.S. The reason behind these bans and prohibitions is either health hazards or harmful effects on human beings or socio economic reasons. Few of the famous things that the US Food and Drug Administration has been over a period of years is horse meat, haggis, unpasteurized milk among many more. Recently, FDA has declared a ban and sent out notices to several companies warning them against their illegal use and sale of dietary supplement that claim to cure Alzheimer’s.
Dietary supplements industry values around USD 40 billion today and is expected to grow beyond USD 200 billion by 2024. A warning notice from FDA and its eagerness to put a ban some products may drastically hamper and shake the confidence of dietary supplements industry giants like Amway and GlaxoSmithKline. FDA plans to update its policy and compliance rules for dietary supplements. This is a historical move from them in the last 25 years. FDA is intervening the dietary supplement production as it believes these products are misleading and misguiding the consumers towards false assurances diverting them from the actual treatments. The FDA sent warning letters to 12 companies and 5 online advisory letters to stop marketing of illegal products that promise Alzheimer’s treatment. They have also gone behind manufacturers of male enhancement supplements and those claiming to treat opioid addiction.
The Alzheimer’s Association fears that these products are treated as memory enhancers or treatments to delay or prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Patients are using it instead of or along with their prescribed drugs without analyzing its safety or efficacy.
In a statement, Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the FDA said that “plans were underway to enhance the agency’s policies when it comes to dietary supplements, including new enforcement strategies and a new rapid-response tool to alert the public of unsafe products”.