Institute for the Study of
Healthcare Organizations & Transactions


On January 5, 2000, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published its final rule that defines the types of statements that can be made concerning the effect of a dietary supplement on the structure or function of the body pursuant to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA).  Click on Labeling Drugs and Herbal Remedies  to read about the brief history of labeling drugs and dietary supplements and the current law that governs the labeling of dietary supplements.  The use of language and specific words and specific words on labels and in advertisements now makes a difference as to whether a dietary supplement must undergo a full, rigorous FDA review or whether it may be sold without review.   See if the subtleties make sense to you.

Click on our page, Herbs and Cancer, to read about an herb that has been linked to kidney disease and cancer.  This instance, provides an opportunity to think about just how much premarket company-sponsored testing should be conducted on herbal products.  



Lucy Canter Kihlstrom, PhD
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