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One expert said the report — published Oct. 15 in the New England Journal of Medicine — should quash arguments that herbal products, amino acids and other supplements are uniformly “safe” and need no tighter regulation.
“This is the most important study done on dietary supplements since DSHEA was passed,” said Dr. Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School who studies supplement safety.
Cohen was referring to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, a 1994 law that defined supplements as food rather than drugs. The upshot is that manufacturers do not have to prove their products have benefits, or are even safe.