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U.S. Food & Drug Administration
Continuing Education and Accreditation
Division of Learning and Organizational Development
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

Fraudulent Products – Hidden Ingredients and Unproven Claims in Products Marketed as Dietary Supplements

Step Status
Educational Content
Starts On: Fri, 2/18/22: 12:00 AM EST
Ends On: Tue, 12/31/24: 12:00 AM EST
Type: Enduring Material
Credits: 1
Description: Products marketed as dietary supplements that contain hidden, harmful ingredients and/or falsely claim to prevent, treat, mitigate, diagnose or cure disease continue to be a public health concern. As the marketplace for dietary supplements has evolved, so has the marketplace for the illegal sale of these adulterated products which contain ingredients ranging from prescription drugs to controlled substances. Furthermore, some companies may prey on vulnerable populations or exploit public health emergencies with unproven claims regarding their dietary supplements. The goal of this presentation is to increase awareness of this public health issue, provide an overview of the steps FDA is taking to protect consumers from fraudulent products marketed as supplements, and provide resources and the means which the public can report issues related to these types of products.
  • Define the health hazards associated with fraudulent products
  • Identify the product categories where tainted products are most commonly found
  • Describe one of the regulatory challenges associated with fraudulent products
  • Summarize how fraudulent products or adverse events related to such products are reported
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