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Verify Healthcare Products, Ingredients, and Websites with LegitScript’s New Data Services

LegitScript is now making available the world’s largest, most comprehensive database of dietary supplements, designer drugs, pharmaceuticals, and other healthcare products and websites. This data — which is already trusted by Google, Bing, Amazon, and Facebook — can help supplement merchants, acquirers, and internet platforms confidently build their businesses while reducing risk and staying in…

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When is a Legal Dietary Supplement Illegal?

Most countries have regulatory authorities like the Food and Drug Administration that monitor and establish rules around food, drugs, dietary supplements, and more. These agencies have their own complex laws and regulatory standards, and they often vary substantially. What may be a legal, unregulated ingredient in one country is a prescription drug in another, and…

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Man Sentenced to Seven Years for Death Related to the Sale of Dangerous Chemical for Weight Loss

A UK man was sentenced last week to seven years in prison for the death of a woman to whom he sold the industrial chemical 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP), a compound abused by bodybuilders and other people for weight-loss purposes. Bernard Rebelo, now 31, was convicted of manslaughter after 21-year-old Eloise Parry, also from the UK, died…

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As Opiate Addiction Explodes, So Do Supplement Companies Looking to Cash In

In a public health crisis, some people see suffering while others see profits. The Food and Drug Administration frequently warns consumers about fraudulent or unapproved products that sprout up during disease outbreaks such as Zika, H1N1, or Ebola. But what about a different kind of outbreak — the opioid epidemic? More than 64,000 Americans died…

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Apricot Kernels: When Fruit Becomes an Illegal Supplement

Apricots are a popular summer fruit, but as a dietary supplement they can also be the pits. Acquiring banks, payment providers, advertising platforms, and others should be aware that the kernels found inside the pits of fresh apricots can contain something quite unexpected: cyanide. Some supplement merchants advertise these products as a health cure, which…

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False Cures for Sale: Perpetrator Behind Elaborate Scheme Heads to Prison

The US Food and Drug Administration recently announced that Mustafa Hasan Arif, a UK and Pakistani citizen, was sentenced to six years in prison for marketing false cures that claimed to fix literally hundreds of conditions, including cerebral palsy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, even severe mental impairments. Back in 2009, a blogger operating under the name “One…

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DMBA and BMPEA: Wonder No Longer About the Nefarious Cousins of Banned Ingredient DMAA

If you aren’t purchasing food that’s all natural, chances are you don’t recognize all of the ingredients listed on the labeling. If you live in the US, you may see potassium bromade among the ingredients in Wonder Bread and assume it’s just an integral part of the reason why Wonder Bread inspires such wonder. Unfortunately,…

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Cover All the Bases When Shopping for Dietary Supplements: A High-Profile Cautionary Tale

The Green Monster is the nickname for the 37-foot left field wall in Boston’s Fenway Park, a towering barrier that stands the highest in all Major League Baseball parks. Hitting a home run over the Green Monster is a feat accomplished only by ballplayers who possess an extreme amount of power. During the 1990s, the…

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Tainted Supplements Galore: FDA Warns Public About Risky Products

In the past 10 days, the FDA has issued more than 25 public notifications regarding tainted supplements — all of which contain one or more undeclared ingredients designed to assist in weight loss or solve erectile woes. Shockingly, two of these tainted supplements contain phenolphthalein, a genotoxic (i.e., it can damage or cause mutations to your…

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