Dietary | Bodybuilding | Sports Supplement Lawsuits
Supplement Lawsuits, Dietary Supplement Lawsuits, Sports Supplement Lawsuits
With the supplement industry generating over $2.7 billion yearly, its big business and, until recently, the industry has largely been unregulated. Due to the number of unsafe products and the harm they cause, the government began ramping up their monitoring and regulation in the dietary and sports supplement industry. The FDA regulates finished dietary supplement products as well as dietary ingredients, under a different set of regulations than those covering traditional food, drug or medical products. Manufacturers of dietary supplements and dietary ingredients are responsible for ensuring the ingredients are safe before being marketed. Generally, these products don’t need to be registered with the FDA, or get FDA approval, before being produced and sold.
Because serious injuries such as stroke, seizure, permanent impairment, major organ failure (kidney, liver, heart) and death are occurring, those injured are filing product liability lawsuits to recover damages caused by these defective supplements. Our attorneys are intimately familiar with the inner-workings of supplement manuacturers and representing plaintiffs who have been injured as a result of using a Sports or Dietary Supplement. With the supplement industry lacking standardization and clinical studies to measure the safety and side effects we expect this to remain a serious issue, potentially endangering millions of Americans.
What is a Nutritional, Sports, or Dietary Supplement?
Supplements are used to enhance or supplement good health or provide various physical or mental benefits. A dietary supplement is a product taken by mouth that contains vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, and substances such as enzymes, organ tissues, glandulars, and metabolites. Supplements may contain extracts or concentrates, and may be found in many forms such as tablets, capsules, softgels, gelcaps, liquids, bars, or powders.
Supplement Manufacturer FDA/FTC Regulation
These manufacturers have three main regulations enforced by the FDA.
1) they must make sure that product label information is truthful and not misleading,
2) all serious adverse event reports associated with use of the supplement are reported to the FDA and
3) utilize the current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPS) for quality control.
Dietary supplements are placed in a special regulatory category under the general umbrella of “foods,” not drugs, and requires all supplement products be labeled a dietary supplement. While the FDA is responsible to oversee supplement product information, such as labeling, claims, package inserts, and accompanying literature, the Federal Trade Commission regulates dietary supplement advertising.
The Oliver Law Group is dedicated to fighting to protect consumers who use dietary, bodybuilding, and sports supplements
Nick Suciu is an attorney with the Oliver Law Group and has extensive experience and knowledge regarding the dietary, bodybuilding, and sports supplement industry and the science behind these supplements. Before joining the Oliver Law Group, Nick Suciu represented several dietary, bodybuilding, and sports supplements manufacturers and retailers and advised these clients in the areas of FDA regulatory, advertising and marketing law making sure the science behind these products backed up their claims. Now with the Oliver Law Group, Mr. Suciu is dedicated to fighting to protect consumers from sports nutrition and dietary supplements that may cause harm if used, or supplement manufacturers who intend to mislead consumers with their claims.