Drug recalls

During a 30-month period (June 2012-Dec 2014) drug companies recalled 21,120 drug products for reasons of contamination, mislabeling, adverse reactions, defective product and incorrect potency. [American Journal Health System Pharmacy Feb 14, 2016]  For comparison, during the 8-year period 2004-2012 there were 237 dietary supplements recalled. [New Hope Network April 16, 2013] Analysis of food and dietary supplement recalls reveals supplements appear to be far safer than foods. [FDA.gov] Yet dietary supplements continue to be mischaracterized as being potentially dangerous.  In one report, 17 of 27 recalled dietary supplements still contained unapproved ingredients that prompted their recall. [Medical Daily Oct 22, 2014]

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