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The federal government’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for overseeing the safety of consumable foods and medicines in the United States. While “supplements” occupy a sort of gray area when it comes to regulation, the FDA does still have some regulatory authority.

red-capsules-916840-mIn a recent article by Reuters, it is reported that many supplements that are still available for sale through online outlets have, in fact, been recalled by the FDA for their links to dangerous conditions such as cancer, heart attacks, and strokes. According to the article, more than half of the supplements tainted with “bad drugs” were still available for sale. The supplements with the most often adulterated pharmaceuticals are weight loss drugs, sports enhancement drugs, and sexual enhancement drugs.

One of the authors of the study told reporters that they tested 27 supplements that had been banned by the FDA for containing some banned ingredient. The researchers purchased the supplements between eight months and four years after the FDA tested the supplements’ make-up and determined that they were unsafe.

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OxyContin is one of the best selling prescription pain medication on the market today. Due to the drug’s extended release capabilities, it offers patients up to 12 hours of pain relief with just one pill. However, this same attribute makes it a favorite among those looking for a quick and easy high. In fact, so many people have become addicted to the drug that the State of Kentucky brought a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the drug, Purdue Pharmaceuticals.

pills-1023897-mAccording to a report by Insurance Journal, the lawsuit was filed in a small, rural Kentucky courthouse where many of the residents have been, or know people who have been, addicted to the drug. The claim alleges that the manufacturer misled doctors and pharmacists into believing that the drug was a less addictive and equally effective alternative to other pain medications. However, recent research has proven those assertions to be patently false.

Kentucky, West Virginia, and Tennessee are three of the top five states for use of prescription pain medication, and Purdue Pharmaceuticals is claiming that they will not be able to receive a fair trial in Kentucky as a result. However, in a series of preliminary decisions, the presiding judge seems likely to require Purdue to take the case to trial in the rural Kentucky town.

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