Over The Counter Supplements (Nutraceuticals)
Nutraceuticals and supplements are commonly used in veterinary and human medicine for complementary treatment of many diseases. Many products claim to have medical benefits in preventing, treating or curing any number of illnesses.
Any compound with these kinds of statements on the label should be regulated as a drug and therefore approved by the FDA. Unfortunately, many companies don't follow this rule, and the FDA chronically ignores breaches if the products don't appear harmful.
When a product is regulated by the FDA, it must meet specific manufacturing and quality standards. Because there is no corresponding regulatory body for nutraceuticals, it can be difficult to assess some products.
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