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A More Rational Approach to Dietary Supplements

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally made its move on dietary supplements. Unlike prescription and over-the-counter medications, herbs and supplements currently are sold without much regulation. In March 2003, the FDA published a proposed set of rules that will, for the first time, set standards for the manufacturing and labeling of dietary herbs and supplements. Although over a year has gone by, the new regulations have not been finalized. At the…

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