Dietary and Herbal Supplements

The Health Research Group became extremely concerned about public safety with the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 that de-regulated dietary and herbal supplements. This law trumped a basic American right the right to a marketplace free from potentially dangerous untested products promoted for unsubstantiated uses. Immediately after DSHEA's passage we began informing the public in Worst Pills, Best Pills News and the Health Letter about dangerous supplements and herbs and the multitude of "quack" treatments that is the signature of this industry. The Health Research Group does not advocate the ban of dietary or herbal supplements, only that they be tested for safety prior to marketing and be produced in facilities meeting Good Manufacturing Practice guidelines similar to those required of non-prescription and prescription drug makers. We are opposed to the promotion of these products for any use that has not been proven to the Food and Drug Administration.

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HRG Comments and Testimony

Article by Sidney Wolfe in Science magazine: Ephedra Scientific Evidence Versus Money/Politics

4/18/03 

Statement on HHS Failure to Ban Ephedra or Issue Adequate Warnings

6/14/02

Letter to HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson calling on the government to seize 10 products containing synthetic ephedra

1/31/02

Letter to American Medical Association urging their support of HRG petition to the FDA to ban dietary supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids

1/17/02

Statement about the selection of Dr. Michael Maves as the new president of the American Medical Association

11/19/01

Statement before the National Academy of Sciences on the Framework for Evaluating the Safety of Dietary Supplements

10/11/01

Petition to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting the ban of production and sale of dietary supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids

9/5/01

Comments on the HHS Inspector General's Study of Adverse Event Reporting for Dietary Supplements

4/24/01

Testimony before the House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform: Hearing on Dietary Supplements

3/20/01

Dietary Supplement use During Pregnancy

3/30/00

Statement Response to FDA's Announcement on Herbal Supplements

2/9/00

Claims Made for Dietary Supplements

2/3/00

Articles from Health Letter

Outrage: Do Not Use Ephedra. This is a Dangerous Substance and Should be Taken Off the Market

10/2001

Outrage: Dietary Supplements: The FDA Should Do More

5/2001

Reducing Dangers to Pregnant Women

5/2000

St. John's Wort: A Growing List of Harmful Drug Interactions

4/2000

Untested Herbs and Food Supplements for Pregnant Women Making the FDA Retract its Dangerous Regulation

3/2000

Debate on FDA's Recent Decision on Herbal Products

2/2000

Outrage: Doctors and Rexall Combine to Push Worthless Dietary Supplements to Patients

10/1999

Herbal Product and Liver Side Effects

2/1995

Articles from Worst Pills, Best Pills News

U.S. Consumers Finally Are Warned About Liver Toxicity with the Dietary Supplement Kava-Kava

5/2002

California Health Authorities Warn Consumers about Prescription Drugs in Herbal Products

4/2002

Ephedra Dietary Supplements Laced with Synthetic Stimulants

3/2002

Canadians Begin Recall of Dangerous Drug Supplement Ephedra

2/2002

Do Not Use: Germans May Ban the Dietary Supplement Drug Kava-Kava

1/2002

Do Not Use: Lipokinetix — A Liver Toxic Dietary Supplement Weight Loss Drug

1/2002

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Asks Dietary Supplement Manufacturers To Remove Comfrey Products From the Market

9/2001

Vitamin D Intoxication From a Dietary Supplement

9/2001

Canadians Propose New Dietary Supplement Regulations and Warn Against Using Products Containing the Stimulant Ephedra or Ephedrine

8/2001

Reduction In Cancer Risk Claim for Antioxidant Vitamins

7/2001

Do Not Use: Adulterated Chinese Herbal Anso Comfort Capsules

4/2001

FDA Finds Lack of Conclusive Evidence that Vitamin E Supplements Reduce the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

4/2001

Kidney-toxic and Cancer Causing Chinese Herbal Supplements Recalled

2/2001

Ginkgo Biloba is Found Ineffective for Dementia and Age-Associated Memory Impairment in the Elderly

2/2001

Review of Calcium Supplements: Ads Exaggerate Differences

10/2000

Victimizing the Vulnerable--Health Food Store

10/2000

More Reports of Serious Drug Interactions Between St. John's Wort and the Anti-organ Rejection Drug Cyclosporine (NEORAL, SANDIMMUNE)

7/2000

Warning!  Do Not Use!  Chinese Herbal Supplements Containing Aristolochic Acid

7/2000

Shoddy Manufacturing and Labeling Practices Found in Dietary Supplements Containing Ephedra

6/2000

Save Your Money: Do Not Use Vitamin E for Preventing Heart Attack and Stroke

4/2000

California Health Director Warns Consumers About Prescription Drugs in Herbal Products

4/2000

Hypericum Extract (from St. John's Wort) in the Treatment of Moderate Depression

2/2000

More Serious Reactions and Deaths Associated with Dietary Supplements Containing GBL, GHB, or BD

10/1999

Fish Oil Protects Against Second Heart Attack but Vitamin E Does Not, Italian Study Reveals

10/1999

Warning! Deaths Reported With the Unregulated Dietary Supplement 1,4 Butanediol (BD)

8/1999

The Poor Quality of Some Melatonin Products

4/1999

The Safety and Effectiveness of Homeopathic Drugs

4/1999

FDA Warns About Products Containing Gamma Butyrolactone (GBL)

3/1999

Untested "Alternative Medicine" Remedies

11/1998

The A-B-Cs of Vitamins

11/1998

FDA Confirms Impurities in the Dietary Supplement 5-Hydroxy-L-tryptophan

10/1998

What We Know About Garlic For Cholesterol-Lowering

8/1998

Melatonin and Increased Seizures in Disabled Children

6/1998

What Do We Know About St. John's Wort?

2/1998

Warning: Recall of More Dangerous Dietary Supplements

8/1997

Warning: Potentially Deadly Chomper Herbal Laxative Recalled

7/1997

DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) Safety and Effectiveness Have Not Been Proven

12/1996

Adverse Reactions from Herbal Medicines

2/1996

Herbal Product and Liver Side Effects

4/1995