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Yang James Yang AP Language and Composition Mr. Puma 6/04/10 True Intent of a Supplement vs. What They Represent Performing open heart surgery, a doctor relies on state of the art, FDA approved medical equipment. In need of a blood transfusion, a patient looks to an FDA approved blood bank with FDA regulated blood. Crashing a car on the freeway, a victim relies on FDA regulated x-ray machines to diagnose the extent of the injuries. The commonality between these life saving situations is that they all abide by the government regulated products to achieve optimal results, making the difference between life and death. Although all of these byzantine situations require FDA approved products, dietary supplements, used nearly every day by millions of people, do not need to abide by the same regulations. Directly taken into the body, dietary supplements affect one’s physical and mental health, impacting a life in tangible and intangible ways; yet, they do not need FDA approval to be sold on the market (Keiley and Bloyd). Although dietary supplements may be readily available and less costly than prescription drugs, they should be regulated by the FDA in the same manner due to their unpredictability and past history of adverse effects. Dietary supplements encompass a wide range of minerals, vitamins, herbs, enzymes, and other botanicals taken to supplement the diet. Often used to treat illnesses and therefore regulated as a drug, dietary supplements were finally freed from the constrictions placed upon them by the Food and Drug Administration through the Dietary and Health Supplement Education Act, signed into law in 1994 ( Mathews ) . Currently the FDA regulates dietary 1
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Yang supplements differently from over the counter and prescription drugs, responsible for taking action only after a supplement has been declared unsafe. The FDA is freed of regulating thousands of products, and the supplement manufacturers are freed of abiding by the stringent rules set forth by the government (Jiang and Zhang). The only group at a loss is the general public. Supplements no longer require the approval of the FDA, and sit on the shelves of supermarkets with only the confident guarantee of effectiveness and safety by the company that will profit millions of dollars from its retail. With 20 billion dollars spent on herbal supplements alone in 2007 and one tenth of the money spent on American healthcare going to alternative medicines the supplement industry has steadily augmented (Fullerton). Now more than ever, it is imperative that the controversy over the regulation of these supplements be resolved. One of America’s most active agencies, the Food and Drug Administration is responsible for protecting and promoting the public health of an entire nation; so there is no refuting the fact that in the millions of drugs it has analyzed, cases it has prosecuted, and products it has regulated, the FDA has made mistakes. More than once its adequacy and proficiency have been
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