[I]t’s critical that the FDA inspects products sold over the counter and make sure the ingredients are accurate. And there needs to be serious legal consequences for companies that break these laws.
Miami, FL (PRWEB) November 17, 2014
Ingredients for potentially dangerous prescription drugs have been found in over-the-counter dietary supplements, even though these ingredients were recalled for safety reasons years ago, according to a recent study that came as no surprise to drug injury lawyer Jeffrey D. DeCarlo of the Law Office of Jeffrey D. DeCarlo, P.A.
DeCarlo made his comments in response to a recent article published by the Associated Press about potentially dangerous ingredients in dietary supplements. (Associated Press, “Study finds drugs still in recalled supplements,” Oct. 21, 2014)
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration needs to do more to protect the health and well-being of consumers taking seemingly safe dietary supplements,” said DeCarlo, who is based in Miami, Fla., but handles drug injury cases nationwide. “People rightly assume that products contain the ingredients listed on the containers. Unfortunately, as this recent study illustrates, some companies are clearly ignoring these regulations and selling products that could potentially pose serious health risks to people throughout the country. That’s why it’s critical that the FDA inspects products sold over the counter and make sure the ingredients are accurate. And there needs to be serious legal consequences for companies that break these laws. That’s why we take such cases so seriously. We strongly believe that companies should be held accountable for their actions.”
In the recent study, researchers “tested 27 products promising big muscles, sexual prowess, weight loss and more. Of those, 18 contained ingredients not approved for over-the-counter use; 17 still had the same drug that prompted the recalls,” according to the Associated Press article.
The FDA does not have to approve dietary supplements before they are marketed, according to the Associated Press article. However, the labels must list all ingredients and manufacturers are not allowed to sell products that are "adulterated or misbranded," according to the FDA’s website, as quoted in the Associated Press article.
In response to the study, the Associated Press reported that the FDA issued hundreds of consumer alerts warning about tainted products, sent warning letters to supplement makers and "pursued civil and criminal enforcement" against companies illegally marketing such products.
Taking strong legal action against companies that sell products with false ingredients sends a strong, clear message that such behavior will not be tolerated, according to dangerous drug lawyer Jeffrey D. DeCarlo of the Law Office of Jeffrey D. DeCarlo, P.A. “The FDA has taken a step in the right direction in response to this startling study, but more clearly needs to be done,” DeCarlo said. “More supplements and more over-the-counter products need to be tested to verify that ingredients are accurate. And when the ingredients are wrong, the FDA needs to take action. But consumers can’t simply rely on the government to look out for their best interests. People need to have someone on their side that will fight for their rights and make sure they receive the compensation they rightfully deserve for any injuries, expenses, pain and suffering caused by such dangerous products. We take these cases very seriously. We’re here to help you make things right.”
For more information about what to do if you or loved one is suffering from dangerous drug side effects and the legal options available to injury victims, call (305) 572-0065 or complete the online contact form.
About Jeffrey D. DeCarlo, P.A.
Attorney Jeffrey D. DeCarlo is a nationally recognized pharmaceutical injury lawyer who has protected the rights of injury victims for over 15 years. His office is in Miami, Fla., but he serves clients throughout the State of Florida and the United States. Attorney Jeffrey D. DeCarlo is a member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, reserved for a small percentage of attorneys who have secured multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. In addition to handling dangerous drug claims, attorney Jeffrey D. DeCarlo accepts cases involving medical malpractice, defective medical devices, car accidents and catastrophic personal injury.
Jeffrey D. DeCarlo, P.A.
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