According to the Office of Dietary Supplements of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the majority of American adults take one or more dietary supplements either every day or occasionally. Supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbals and botanicals, amino acids, enzymes, and many other products. Supplements come in many forms, including tablets, capsules, powders, energy bars, and drinks.
Although the goal of taking supplements is to improve and maintain health, a recent study found that calls to poison control centers in the United States because of exposure to dietary supplements rose by 50 percent between 2005 and 2012. The research also found that between 2000 and 2012, 70 percent of calls involved children who were six or younger. The report, which was published in the Journal of Medical Toxicology, called for stricter regulations by the Food and Drug Administration for those supplements that are associated with higher levels of toxicity.
Many people assume that a product is safe because it is described as being natural, but that is not necessarily the case. Experts advise parents to treat supplements like medicine and keep them away from children. It is always wise to do due diligence and research supplements before taking them.
If you have been harmed by a supplement or any other dangerous drug, please call the New Jersey product liability lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP at 732-777- 0100, or contact us online for a free consultation. Our offices are centrally located in Red Bank, Toms River, and Edison, and we serve clients throughout New Jersey.