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The Food and Drug Administration on Monday warned 12 sellers of dietary supplements to stop claiming their products can cure Alzheimer’s disease.

At the same time, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the agency’s commissioner, suggested that Congress strengthen the F.D.A.’s authority over an estimated $40 billion industry, which sells as many as 80,000 kinds of powders and pills with little federal scrutiny.

These products range from benign substances like vitamin C or fish oil, to more risky mineral, herbal and botanical concoctions that can be fatal.

“People haven’t wanted to touch this framework or address this space in, really, decades and I think it’s time we do it,” Dr. Gottlieb said in an interview. He is particularly concerned about supplements that purport to cure diseases for which consumers should seek medical attention.

…continue reading ‘FDA Warns Supplement Makers to Stop Touting Cures for Diseases Like Alzheimer’s’

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