Nursing: Regulation of Dietary Supplements

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About Course #N1821

Release Date: September 27, 2017

Expiration Date: September 30, 2020

This course will provide nurses with the resources, caveats, and caring considerations when providing education and advice about dietary supplements. Evidence-based care in nursing includes clinical research, qualitative studies, traditional evidence, surveys, epidemiologic data, and patient preference. The regulation around dietary supplements has been created to ensure the safety of the public. But this is not always an easy task in a democratic society in which people demand their right to choose how they live their lives. The history of the regulation of dietary supplements documents the complexity of the exercise of the individual rights of U.S. citizens and the government's role in protecting public health and safety. This course is an introduction to the regulation of dietary supplements, the laws currently in effect, and how the FDA administers these laws. This course about the regulation or safety orientation of dietary supplements also provides considerations for nursing care that can be used when counseling patients who are consumers of dietary supplements.

About the Author(s)

Martha Mathews Libster, PhD, MSN, APRN-CNS, APHN-BC, received her bachelor of science in education from New York University, her bachelor of science in nursing from Mount St. Mary's University in Los Angeles, her master of science in nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and her doctorate in humanities-health care history from Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, England.

Peggy Piascik, PhD, RPh, received her bachelor of science in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University (ONU) and a PhD in pharmacology from The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Pharmacy. She is a professor of pharmacy practice and science at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy (UKCOP). Dr. Piascik speaks at continuing education conferences on the topics of new drugs, dietary supplements, and personalized medicine.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • Martha Libster has disclosed that she is an advisory board member for the American Botanical Council. Western Schools ensures that this content is free from bias and commercial influence.
  • Gary Kracoff has disclosed that he is on the advisory committee for Boiron USA and is medical director at the Academy of Integrative Medicine. Western Schools ensures that this content is free from bias and commercial influence.
  • All other persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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