Regulation of Dietary Supplements - Y8022


About Course #Y8022

Start Date: May 8, 2017

Expiration Date: May 8, 2020

Pharmacists who are knowledgeable about the regulation of dietary supplements are better equipped to assist patients in their use of these products. Dietary supplements are regulated as a category of food under the DSHEA legislation and manufacturers are responsible for product quality and appropriate labeling and advertising of their products. Manufacturers may make three types of claims on their product labels: health claims, nutrient content claims, and structure-function claims. The FDA does not review or approve products before marketing; instead, action is taken against manufacturers that market unsafe, contaminated, or adulterated products. Healthcare providers can assist patients in the safe use of dietary supplements by recommending products only from manufacturers that have a strong reputation for ethical practice or by looking for a certification mark from one of the independent testing programs before recommending a product.

Universal Activity Number (UAN) - 0607-0000-17-020-H01-P

Type of Activity - Knowledge

Topic Designator - 01 - Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the history of regulation of dietary supplements.
  • Summarize the elements of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act.
  • Examine the issues related to dietary supplement product quality.
  • Identify programs that assure dietary supplement quality and safety.

About the Author

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. She teaches a problem-based elective course in the area of herbal and dietary supplements and co-coordinates an elective course in behavior modification coaching.

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.
  • Peer reviewer Gary Kracoff has disclosed that he is on the advisory committee for Boiron USA and is Medical Director at the Academy of Integrative Medicine. He has agreed to present content that is current, evidence based, and without bias.
  • 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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