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The reason for the recall was the supplement contained a Food and Drug Administration regulated drug, commonly used as an appetite suppressant for weight loss, but was not advertised on the product’s label.
U.S. v. Beckett, No. AF (C.A.A.F. ) :: Justia
How is this possible? The answer lies in the current state of overall regulation governing the supplement industry in the U.
First of all, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act states manufacturers need not register or seek approval from the FDA to produce or sell dietary supplements.
To make matters more interesting, the FDA will only take action against an unsafe 444-120 supplement after it reaches the market. Thankfully, the Air Force has a more conservative approach to supplementation for aircrew members.
According to the Official Air Force Approved Aircrew Medications list, published Junedietary, herbal and nutritional supplements can only be used with the approval of a flight surgeon.
A major reason nutritional supplements are a part of this list is to ensure that negative interactions do not occur between the desired supplements and prescribed medications. According to AFI”The ingestion of products containing or products derived from hemp seed or hemp seed oil is prohibited.
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Not all products necessarily have to be illegal for consumption in order to have detrimental effects on affi. In the February 44-1220 of Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine titled Reduced G-Tolerance Associated with Supplement Use, a seasoned fighter pilot experienced two episodes of visual degradation under moderate gravitational force Gs. After the event, the flight doctor’s medical evaluation revealed none of the usual factors associated with diminished G-tolerance dehydration, fatigue, poor diet, lack of exercise or illness but did identify the individual started a regimen of Vitamin B, niacin and Coenzyme Q10 two weeks prior to experiencing the event.
The combination of niacin and Coenzyme Q10 supplements caused an overall reduction in his blood pressure and vascular resistance and effectively reduced the pilot’s G-tolerance. Niacin is purported to reduce blood pressure while Coenzyme Wfi can lead to vasodilation effects.
A fighter pilot under G’s needs both adequate blood pressure and peripheral vascular resistance to maximize protection from the effects of positive G’s. The nature of the supplement industry simply does not merit the amount of trust consumers place on it.
In addition, laws regulating the supplement industry in South Korea may be even more liberal, so be judicious if you choose to shop for supplements off base.
Bottom line, when it comes to supplementation, ask a medical professional first.
U.S. v. Beckett, No. 98-0038-AF (C.A.A.F. 1998)
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