IF YOU ARE LIKE MOST PEOPLE, YOU WANT TO DO EVERYTHING YOU POSSIBLY CAN TO LIVE HEALTHY
When people turn to dietary supplements only to suffer serious injury and illness because of the dangers that these supplements pose, they should contact a dietary supplement injury attorney to consider their legal options.
At Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann, we hold negligent manufacturers responsible for the harm their products have caused. We offer free consultations, so contact us today by calling (570) 323-8711 or filling out our online contact form to get started.
Most people do not consult their doctors when they take dietary and vitamin supplements. The reason for this is that there is little supervision by the federal Food and Drug Administration over dietary and vitamin supplements. The industry, through its advertising and outreach, makes it sound like these products are safe and “natural.” Therefore, it is understandable that those who take dietary and vitamin supplements would not talk with their doctor about it.
Even the safest product may have dangers for you in particular, due to your unique medical history or other medicines you are taking. Simply checking things out with your doctor ahead of time can save you a lot of stress and potential heartache. Also, your doctor may be able to recommend the best brand and type of product to give you the most effective result – or even steer you in a different direction altogether.
UNFORTUNATELY, THE MANUFACTURERS AND DISTRIBUTORS OF THESE SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS STEER PEOPLE AWAY FROM THEIR DOCTORS BY TOUTING THE BENEFIT OF THEIR UNSTUDIED NON-FDA-APPROVED PRODUCTS.
Unlike food and medicines, dietary supplements such as vitamins and weight-loss products do not go through the weak approval process. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approves pharmaceuticals and medical devices through a rigorous process, but supplements are a category all their own, so they are not subject to the same FDA requirements. This means that if you trust the government to catch every potentially dangerous supplement, you could be out of luck.
Supplement manufacturers often take risks in designing these supplements, such as using unknown Chinese imported ingredients, contaminated ingredients, and unknown ingredients that violate the minimal FDA standard, rendering the products adulterated and illegal.
A recent study by Consumer Reports highlighted 15 distinct supplement ingredients that can cause problems as significant as cancer, cardiac arrest, and organ damage. In some cases, these are interactions that occur when the supplements are taken with other medications. In others, the problem can be caused by an accidental overdose, because sometimes the supplements simply have the potential to build up and cause problems over time. In any case, avoiding these supplements (or taking them only under a doctor’s watchful eye) is recommended. You must be proactive before you put any supplement in your body.
In some cases, a weight-loss or energy-boosting formula could contain two or more of these products, making for a potentially dangerous situation. Many of these products are not “natural” as advertised, but contain unknown synthetic ingredients imported from China.
In fact, some manufacturers simply duplicate the chemical composition of an herb and then produce it synthetically. This means the product is not “natural.” Products may also be adulterated with other substances not listed on the label, such as highly dangerous chemicals. Many of these products come from China or other countries with little or no regulation and an incentive to make money regardless of the consequences.
We are continuing to learn more about the impact of supplements on younger populations. It’s critical to understand how these supplements affect young people, because they are often the targets of marketing campaigns launched by manufacturers of these products. The more we learn, the more concerned we should become.
In June 2019, researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health published findings in the Journal of Adolescent Health that suggest certain dietary supplements are three times more likely than vitamins to cause severe medical outcomes in young people. Those outcomes include death, disability, life-threatening events, hospitalization, emergency room visits and required intervention to prevent permanent disability. The dietary supplements researchers studied included those used for muscle building, weight loss and energy.
The study looked at adverse events reported over the course of more than a decade. Researchers reviewed 977 single-supplement-related adverse event reports affecting individuals aged between 0 and 25 years. They found that these dietary supplements were associated with almost three times the risk for severe medical events compared with vitamins and suggested proactive enforcement of regulations to combat the use of supplements among young people.
Though proactive enforcement of regulations would help prevent young people from being exposed to these dangerous supplements, civil litigation offers another tool that we can use to address the problem. Manufacturers should be held accountable for the negative consequences caused by their products, and young people that have suffered serious health outcomes after using dietary supplements deserve compensation for the damages they have incurred.
If you believe you have suffered serious injuries from a vitamin or supplement, you should contact a lawyer right away so that he or she can get started working on your case. You may be able to sue the manufacturer for your medical costs and other related damages. After all, it is not your fault that these dangerous products were on the market. Contact Cliff Rieders and his experienced legal team today. Achieving results when it counts.
Cliff Rieders, of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann, has spent decades honing his skills and successfully representing families who have suffered an injury or loss due to someone else’s negligence. We offer personal attention and loyalty to every client, aggressively fighting for their right to compensation. Whether in settlement negotiations or pursuing a favorable trial verdict, we are thoroughly prepared and committed to achieving a just outcome.
If you or your loved one has been harmed by medical negligence, your next step should be to consult Cliff Rieders of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann by calling (570) 323-8711 or by using our online contact form. Based in Williamsport, we serve clients throughout the State of Pennsylvania, and other states where appropriate, offering a free consultation on all injury matters. More than that, we offer you experience, knowledge, compassion, and a long history of results.