Monday, May 14, 2007

Dietary supplements...what residents don't know

Interesting study just published in the Archives of Internal Medicine on physician knowledge of dietary supplements and FDA regulation (or lack thereof):

Baseline knowledge of dietary supplement regulatory issues was poor. The total average pretest score was only 59% (986/1675). The average score rose to 91% (1526/1675) after completion of the curriculum (P<.001). With regard to specific content areas, about one third of physicians were unaware that dietary supplements did not require FDA approval or submission of safety and efficacy data before being marketed. Similar percentages believed that there are regulations in place to ensure supplement quality. Most physicians were unaware that serious adverse events due to the use of supplements should be reported through the FDA MedWatch system.
Click here to access the abstract.

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