Many Dietary Supplements Are Prescription Drugs in Disguise

On Feb. 16, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that a dietary supplement called “Adam’s Secret” was being recalled by its manufacturer after it was discovered that the product contained undeclared amounts of sildenafil and/or tadalafil. Both of these ingredients are found in erectile dysfunction drugs, which are currently prescription only due to their risks of causing serious health problems and interaction with nitrates and nitroglycerines.

Unfortunately, these capsules containing undeclared prescription ingredients isn’t an isolated event. It happens all the time, and it puts millions of people’s health and even their lives at risk. In Dec. 2020, the FDA reported that nearly 50 male enhancement or weight loss products for sale on online marketplaces like Amazon and eBay and at brick and mortar retail stores contained undeclared prescription drugs or ingredients.

Taking prescription medications without a doctor’s approval or supervision can be extremely dangerous. Although some drugs eventually transition from prescription to over-the-counter status, most don’t. That’s because the risk of health problems and interactions with other medications, supplements, and even foods is too great for them to be sold to consumers without close medical supervision.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury lawyers are always on the lookout for medications that can put innocent people’s health and lives at risk. In recent years, the threat of undeclared prescription ingredients in dietary supplements, which is a booming industry, has become greater than ever. If you or someone you love was harmed by a dietary supplement that contained undeclared ingredients, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.