Hundreds of supplements are tainted with hidden pharmaceutical drugs

Weight loss & sex supplements are hiding dangerous substances inside – study

Over 20 percent of these offending products contained more than one unapproved drug ingredient, and numerous contained a cocktail of clandestine chemicals - in two cases, as many as six unlisted ingredients.

Supplements promising enhanced sexual pleasure accounted for 46 percent of the offending products, with weight loss supplements coming in at 40.9 percent and muscle building products at 11.9 percent, the study reveals.

Many consumers do not know the true composition of dietary supplements, and often this affects their overall health.

Over half of American adults take dietary supplements that contain minerals, vitamins, herbs, fish oil and other "natural" substances.

Nearly all the muscle building supplements, 82 out of 92 products, contained synthetic steroids or steroid-like ingredients, which, when abused, can lead to mental health problems, kidney and heart problems, and liver damage. Ingredients like sildenafil, the active drug in Viagra, and ephedrine, a stimulant banned from diet pills since 2004, were found in supplements. Most of the tainted supplements were marketed for sexual enhancement, muscle building or weight loss, and the ingredients found in them were often pharmaceutical drugs - such as steroids or the active ingredient in Viagra - that consumers normally need a prescription to take.

Among them were dapoxetine, an antidepressant that is not approved in the United States, and sibutramine, an appetite suppressant that was banned from the USA market in 2010 because of cardiovascular risks. They are not meant to treat or prevent disease and are not subject to premarket safety and efficacy testing that drugs undergo.

The FDA has identified the tainted over-the-counter products, but according to new research published Friday in JAMA Network Open, over half the time, the study found, the FDA doesn't enforce recalls of supplements that knowingly include unapproved prescription drug ingredients.

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Dr. Pieter A. Cohen of Cambridge Health Alliance in MA said that although the FDA discovered 746 adulterated supplements, it announced voluntary recalls for fewer than half of these products. Numerous adulterated muscle building products contained undeclared anabolic steroids, which, when abused, can lead to mental problems in the short term and kidney problems, liver damage and heart problems in the long term.

"Only 360 of 746 (48%) were recalled, leaving the majority of adulterated supplements, more than 350 products, available for sale", Cohen wrote in an editorial published with the study.

Thus, according to Cohen, "more than FDA action will be required to ensure that all adulterated supplements are effectively and swiftly removed from the market". Another would give the FDA tougher enforcement tools so that a product's registration could be withdrawn if found to be adulterated.

"It's mind-boggling to imagine what's happening here", said Dr. Pieter Cohen, an associate professor of medicine at the Cambridge Health Alliance in MA.

The research looked at 10 years of FDA records, and over 20% of the discovered offending products contained more than one unapproved drug.

Even after taking action against companies, the FDA sometimes "faces several challenges in deterring fraudulent marketing of these types of products", including relabeling of products to evade detection, Haake wrote.

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