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Balancing Safety of Dietary Supplements with the Free Market

James D. Lewis, MD, MSCE; and Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH
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University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, PA 19104 (Lewis, Strom)


Acknowledgments: The authors thank Gerald Faich, MD, MPH, and Peter Honig, MD, for their thoughtful review of an earlier version of this editorial.

Requests for Single Reprints: James D. Lewis, MD, MSCE, Center for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania, 7th Floor Blockley Hall, 423 Guardian Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021; e-mail, jlewis@cceb.med.upenn.edu.

Disclaimer: Dr. Lewis has served as a consultant for several pharmaceutical companies, including Bayer, Centocor, Wyeth, and McNeil. He has also had research funded by Bayer, Centocor, and Whitehall-Robins. He has consulted for Bayer on issues related to phenylpropanolamine, a component of LipoKinetix. Otherwise, none of the consulting or research was related to dietary supplements. Dr. Strom is funded for his research and has served as a consultant to most of the major pharmaceutical manufacturers. He has worked with Wyeth on issues related to fen/phen. He has also consulted with Whitehall on issues related to phenylpropanolamine, a component of LipoKinetix. Otherwise, he has not been a consultant to any supplement manufacturer or researched supplements per se, although some pharmaceutical manufacturers market supplements as well.

Current Author Addresses: Drs. Lewis and Strom: Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania, 7th Floor Blockley Hall, 423 Guardian Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Ann Intern Med. 2002; 136:616-618.


Ann Intern Med. 2002;136(8):616-618. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-136-8-200204160-00011
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A desire to take medications is, perhaps, the greatest feature which distinguishes man from other animals.

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