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Health Care Provider, Supplement Firm Interaction Urged By APhA, ADA

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Health care professionals should personally contact the manufacturers of dietary supplements to gather information on specific products used by their patients, the American Pharmaceutical Association and American Dietetic Association suggest in a guidebook released Aug. 17.

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