Vitamins

UPDATE: Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbal supplements…OH MY!

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Patricia Kelmar
Director, Health Care Campaigns

Author: Patricia Kelmar

Director, Health Care Campaigns

 

Started on staff: 1986-1991; 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston College; J.D., high honors, George Washington University Law School

Patricia directs the health care campaign work for U.S. PIRG and provides support to our state offices for state-based health initiatives. Her prior roles include senior director of health policy with the National Consumers League, senior policy advisor at NJ Health Care Quality Institute, and consumer advocate at NJPIRG. She serves on the board of the Patient and Caregiver Engagement Advisory Group for the National Quality Forum. Patricia enjoys walks along the Potomac and sharing her love of books with her friends and family around the world.

We know that not all dietary supplements are safe and yet they still fill our grocery and pharmacy shelves, and many Americans’ cabinets. More than half of American adults take at least one dietary supplement a day, spending about $40 billionon products they hope will make them stronger and healthier. But for decades, this billion dollar industry has been selling its vitamins, minerals and herbal products to the public with virtually no oversight. The Dietary Supplements List Act will require dietary supplement manufacturers to list their products and ingredients with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

Today, we sent a letter to Senators Dick Durbin and Mike Braun to thank them for co-sponsoring this bill. Not enough is known about the safety of ingesting these products and more studies must be done. This is the first step to securing the information the FDA needs to assess its next steps to protect millions of Americans from the potential harms these products pose. 

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Patricia Kelmar
Director, Health Care Campaigns

Author: Patricia Kelmar

Director, Health Care Campaigns

 

Started on staff: 1986-1991; 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston College; J.D., high honors, George Washington University Law School

Patricia directs the health care campaign work for U.S. PIRG and provides support to our state offices for state-based health initiatives. Her prior roles include senior director of health policy with the National Consumers League, senior policy advisor at NJ Health Care Quality Institute, and consumer advocate at NJPIRG. She serves on the board of the Patient and Caregiver Engagement Advisory Group for the National Quality Forum. Patricia enjoys walks along the Potomac and sharing her love of books with her friends and family around the world.