Numerous dietary supplements continue to contain active pharmaceuticals even after FDA warnings regarding undeclared or unapproved pharmaceutical ingredients. Which two classes of dietary supplements have been reported to contain active pharmaceuticals?
Dietary supplements marketed for sexual enhancement and weight loss have been reported to contain undeclared or unapproved pharmaceuticals. Most commonly, they include phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. (Tucker J, et. al. Unapproved pharmaceutical ingredients included in dietary supplements associated with US food and drug administration warnings. JAMA Open. 2018;1(6):e183337. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.3337)
Submitted by: Ryan Feldman, Pharm.D. on behalf of the Acute and Intensive Care Section