To ensure that you have the proper amount of vitamins and minerals, it may be necessary for you to take nutritional supplements in addition to eating a healthy diet. When deciding which dietary supplements to take, consider the following benefits that pharmaceutical-grade products prescribed by a doctor offer over the supplements that are typically available over-the-counter in a local vitamin shop.
The FDA classifies most over-the-counter supplements as food, not medicine. As a result, the governmental agency does not regulate these products as closely as it does prescription medications. While in some cases there may be little difference between a vitamin shop and prescription supplement, there may be significant differences in others.
Pharmaceuticals are required to complete the extensive FDA approval process that involves years of research as well as animal and human testing. Over-the-counter supplements are approved for sale as long as the manufacturer says the products are safe, and they do not make any false or misleading claims.
The FDA monitors the pharmaceutical manufacturing process to ensure that ingredients are pure, safe and of uniform quality. The manufacturing plants are also regularly checked to ensure they are free of heavy metals, pesticides, bacteria and other potentially harmful substances.
There is no oversight during the production of over-the-counter products. As a result, these products may contain a varying amount of ingredients that are not pure or properly processed.
Although these supplements may be all natural, they can still be ineffective due to poor manufacturing procedures. The “good manufacturing practices” followed by pharmaceutical-grade supplement manufacturers ensures the purity and potency of each dose.
The FDA does not govern the information listed on the label of an over-the-counter vitamin shop supplement. These products may contain fillers and other ingredients that are not listed. This can lead to a potentially harmful allergic reaction. The FDA requires pharmaceuticals to be packaged and labeled with complete information, including best dose, potential side effects, and contraindications as well as any and all ingredients.
FDA-approved pharmaceuticals also have to follow ongoing monitoring and reporting regulations to ensure that the supplements are safe and perform as intended. Vitamin shop supplements do not have this oversight. There is no process for reporting bad reactions or side effects.
While the FDA approval process for pharmaceuticals is designed to prevent a potentially harmful or ineffective product from reaching consumers, the agency can only pull an over-the-counter supplement after it has already been shown to cause harm.
Pharmaceuticals are FDA-approved, manufactured under close supervision and are properly labeled to ensure that you receive the correct dose when taken as directed. Contact Doctor’s Supplement Store if you are looking for pharmaceutical supplements to sell to your patients.