Dietary Supplements

Think Twice Before Consuming Herbal Products

Herbal health products

Herbal products are often seen by consumers as safe because they derive from plants. However, lack of understanding of the plants and their interactions with prescription and over-the-counter medicines may contribute to some herbal products' inefficacy and some might even cause serious reactions, as Gabriel Goancaspro, Ph.D. explains. 

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Ask Your Pharmacist if an Over The Counter Medicine or Supplement is Right for You

Ask the Pharmacist

Consumers often purchase over the counter medicines and dietary supplements without consulting a health care professional. A pharmacist can offer important advice and counsel when choosing these products. Dr. Nandakumara Sarma, Director of USP's Dietary Supplement program and an experienced pharmacist explains why in the final part of our series celebrating American Pharmacists Month. 

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Consumers Choose Quality Supplements with the Help of the USP Verified Mark

Consumers can identify high quality dietary supplements

Recent news stories have pointed to concerns about the quality of dietary supplements.  Yet most Americans take vitamins, minerals or other dietary supplements as a part of their daily health regimen. To choose a quality supplement, look for the USP Verified Mark, which indicates the supplement not only meets regulatory requirements, but was made to even higher quality standards and subject to third party testing.

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