Many pharmacies will sell over-the-counter painkillers in the same area where they sell vitamins and supplements. This has led many to assume that since the over-the-counter painkillers they purchase are regulated by governmental agencies for purity and content, the vitamins and supplements they purchase in the same area must meet the same standards.
Others think that since they will only take supplements when they are feeling run down, it is better to purchase the cheapest product available and not be too concerned about quality.
Buying Supplements from a Reputable Source
Consumers are seeing the benefits of purchasing supplements using a certified healthcare provider. This is because when they purchase from a retail store, there is no guarantee as to the quality of the vitamin they are purchasing.
Supplements and vitamins are commodity items. This means that every manufacturer that produces vitamin C tablets uses the same basic ingredients. Yet, some brand names charge more, giving the impression that they are selling a higher quality vitamin.
Researchers have seen that after measuring the vitamin levels in a person’s blood, they are the same if a person uses a generic brand or name brand.
This does not mean that purchasing cheap supplements is the same as purchasing supplements from a reputable certified healthcare provider. Businesses that sell vitamins and supplements cheap often do so because they sell older stock.
Vitamins and supplements are viewed as food as opposed to medicine. Their quality is semi-governed by the FDA. However, the FDA does not test supplements before having them put on the shelf.
The FDA leaves the responsibility to the manufacturer to make sure that the supplement they sell is safe before it is marketed. So this means that just because a bottle of vitamins or a bottle of supplements are more expensive, it is no guarantee that they are of a higher quality.
What determines the quality is how reputable the distributor is. Certified healthcare providers have high standards for the vitamins and supplements they sell. They guarantee that the vitamins have the right percentage of the stated ingredient and that they dissolve properly.
Most certified healthcare providers will only distribute products that have a certification from the United States Pharmacopeia or the NSF International. Both of these governing bodies are nonprofit and screen to make sure that vitamins and supplements are pure and of high quality.
If you’re looking to sell supplements to your patients, contact Doctors Supplement Store today.