CVS Will Only Sell Supplements That Have Been Third-Party Tested for Safety

CVS Pharmacy announced May 15 that it will only sell vitamins and supplements that have been third-party-tested for safety and label accuracy, in an effort to bring order to the notoriously under-regulated world of health and dietary aids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not vet the contents of vitamins and supplements. The agency primarily intervenes when problems are reported and a product needs to be removed from the market, so supplements can hit stores bearing their manufacturer’s unchecked claims. Studies have shown that many supplements for sale—particularly those intended for weight-loss—may be dangerous to consume. Some have even been found to be tainted with substances similar to amphetamine. CVS’ program is meant to help combat those issues. “We thought there was a real gap in making sure that people could trust that what’s on the label actually reflected what’s in the bottle,” says George Coleman, CVS’ senior vice president of merchandising. As of May 15, all 1,400 vitamins and health supplements sold online and in CVS stores, including multivitamins, protein powders, pain relievers, digestive aids and more, were required to go through third-party testing. Some manufacturers already have their products certified by third-party groups like NSF International, an independent product testing and inspection firm, and U.S. Pharmacopeia, a nonprofit working to ensure the quality and safety of foods and med...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized CVS Diet/Nutrition Supplements Vitamins Source Type: news

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