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The Regulation of Dietary Supplements Within the United States: Flawed Attempts at Mending a Defective Consumer Safety Mechanism

Authors

  • RALPH L. QUINONES,

  • ROBERT D. WINSOR,

  • ANTHONY PATINO,

  • PETER HOFFMANN


  • Ralph L. Quinones (rquinones@lmu.edu) is an Associate Professor of Business Law, at Loyola Marymount University. Robert D. Winsor (rwinsor@lmu.edu) is a Professor of Marketing at Loyola Marymount University. Anthony Patino (anthony.patino@lmu.edu) is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at University of Baltimore. Peter Hoffmann is an Attorney at Law at Rains Lucia Stern, PC.

Abstract

The use of dietary supplements in the United States has escalated in the past decade, driven by the public's desire to exert control over their health and by the mistaken belief that the safety of dietary supplements is assured by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In fact, the marketing of largely unregulated supplements presents significant risks to public health.

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