Dangerous Dietary Supplements Still Sold Despite FDA Recall Efforts

By Peter DePaolis

Unfortunately, each year, many people are injured or killed by taking defective dietary supplements in the United States. Recently, Reuters had a shocking story about how many recalled dietary supplements are still available for purchase online and in stores.

According to the news source, even after a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall takes place, many tainted supplements are still available for purchase.

A study done by researchers found that 27 of the 274 dietary supplements the FDA recalled between 2009 and 2012 are still available for purchase on manufacturer websites at least eight months and up to four years after their recall.

Additionally, when tested by researchers, it was found that in the overwhelming majority of cases, the products purchased still contained a “pharmaceutical adulterant”.

Most of the supplements were marketed for sports enhancement, weight loss and sexual enhancement, according to Reuters.

“Dietary supplement manufacturers and distributors are legally responsible for marketing a safe product that is not adulterated, and that complies with FDA’s good manufacturing practice regulations for dietary supplements,” the FDA told Reuters in a statement.

In addition to online sales, Reuters reported that the supplements could be found in shops or gas stations, which is where most people actually purchase the products.

Can I File a Lawsuit If I Am Injured by a Dietary Supplement?

Remember, if you are injured or you have a loved one killed by a defective dietary supplement, you could hold the manufacturer liable. Additionally, under strict liability laws, a seller may be held legally responsible for resulting injuries if a product is found to be defective.

If you have been harmed by a dietary supplement, you may be able to bring a products liability suit against the manufacturer or seller. Through this, you could obtain damages that can help pay for your injury treatment.

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Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/21/us-fda-supplements-enforcement-idUSKCN0IA2FP20141021

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.