The FDA's proposed rule regarding structure/function claims for dietary supplements is intended to give consumers more information about dietary supplements. While "disease claims" are prohibited under the rule, claims that a product affects a structure or function of the body are permissible. However, the distinction between a "disease claim" and a "structure/function claim" ignores the reasons why many consumers turn to dietary supplements. Rather than dispelling confusion surrounding dietary supplements, the proposed rule will only add to it.
Still Cloudy, with Little Chance of Clearing: FDA's Proposed Rule on Structure/Function Claims for Dietary Supplements,
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