Letters Dietary supplements

Potent and untested drugs sold as “dietary supplements”

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4181 (Published 05 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4181
  1. Andreas Kimergård, principal research fellow1,
  2. Chris Walker, senior analyst2,
  3. David Cowan, professor2
  1. 1National Addiction Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience, King’s College London, London SE5 8BB, UK
  2. 2Drug Control Centre, Department of Pharmacy and Forensic Science, King’s College London
  1. Andreas.Kimergard{at}kcl.ac.uk

A new challenge to public health has recently emerged from potent and untested drugs being sold under the guise of “dietary” supplements.1 2 3 4 Fuelled by growing demand for products promising a better body, enhanced performance, and increased wellbeing, this trend highlights creative marketing strategies used in the illicit supply of drugs.

Nine supplements suspected of containing drugs were analysed as part of an investigation for the television programme Spotlight …

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