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DC: Over 20,000 Annual ED Visits Tied to Supplements

posted on 16 Oct 2015 09:31 by mor-maew in Life

Dietary supplements are involved in some 23,000 visits to emergency departments (ED) every year in the U.S., CDC researchers reported.

Although that's less than 5% of the figure for pharmaceutical drugs, "dietary supplements are regulated and marketed under the presumption of safety," wrote Andrew Geller, MD, of the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues, in the New England Journal of Medicine.

They also found that cardiac symptoms from weight loss and energy supplements accounted for more ED visits than prescription stimulants, adding that the latter group actually contains "warnings about sympathomimetic adverse events, while supplements are not required to identify adverse effects."
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