Megan Thielking from Stat News reports that a scientific journal took a close look at the impact nutritional supplements are having on U.S. military personnel. According to the article, 75% of people in the U.S. military take some type of dietary supplement every month. Since dietary supplements, such as weight-loss pills and multivitamins, don’t have to be approved by the FDA before going to market, the U.S. government is especially concerned about the safety of its constituents.
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Luckily though, manufacturers are required to report adverse events in a timely manner. In fact, some reported adverse events have led the Pentagon to take certain products off store shelves, even before the FDA has made an official move.
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