You can pick them up at Wal-Mart, Rite-Aid, 7-Eleven, and over 5,400 GNC and Vitamin Shoppes, as well as an myriad of independent stores across the country. You get them thinking they are healthy for you, but in reality, they have the potential to do more harm than good.
Nutritional and dietary supplements are a $20 billion industry that has a long line of product liability associated with atheletes who use them to play at their best, but can experience personal injury or even wrongful death because they used certain products that have dangerous side effects.
The San Diego personal injury lawyers who work at our firm hope that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does everything in its power to ensure that products are thoroughly tested to ensure all the ingredients do not cause pain and suffering in users. If not, how do we know that nutrional supplements and performance enhancing drugs won’t have harmful products liabilities, like damaging side effects several years down the road?
Yesterday, we talked about how PEDs caused wrongful death to several athletes. These drugs have the potential to overheat your body and speed up your heart rate.
For the sports world, the war against supplements continues, although it is becoming increasingly difficult to control and police with the rate that new supplments are produced. 58 sports supplements were tested in a study for banned steroids or stimulants and 25% of those tested supplements came back positive.
It is hard to gain support from government officials to regulate the supplement industry, since so much money is funded into lobbying for Federal support by supplement manufacturers. In 1994, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) was passed, allowing dietary and nutritional supplements to be sold without proof of desired effectiveness or safety, as well as being allowed to stay outside the FDA’s jurisdiction.
A large number of product liability lawsuits — along with a few pharmaceutical malpractice ones — have been filed over the last 10 years naming supplements at the root of personal injuries or wrongful deaths. So what can you do to keep yourself safe and free of the personal injuries associated with supplements?
Our firm’s personal injury lawyers in San Diego urge you to talk with your doctor and conduct research on your own about the supplements that you are taking. That’s the best way to stay safe and healthy when using nutritional supplements.
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