Wednesday, July 29, 2009

FDA Warns Against Body-Building Supplements

Yesterday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Public Health Advisory warning consumers against using body-building supplements that may contain steroids. The FDA claims that it has received reports indicating such supplements have had adverse effects on men such as serious liver injury, stroke, kidney failure, and pulmonary embolism.

The FDA is not very specific about which products are potentially harmful, although in this letter it does name 8 supplements marketed and distributed by American Cellular Labs.

No supplements have been recalled yet. This article in the New York Times explains that the "FDA has authority to act only after it has received reports of serious health problems associated with products already on sale and it is able to prove a serious health hazard."

The FDA's website does not mention specific reports from which it gets these health claims about the supplements. You can try searching for reports by entering the search terms "body building" and "steroids" in the search box for PubMed, the National Library of Medicine's database of medical articles. For additional government resources about health, see our guide.

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