Amazon Response About Drug-Spiked Supplements ‘Not Sufficient To Protect Public’ – FDA
“Amazon has taken some action when alerted by the FDA about sales” of violative supplements, but FDA "found that other such products continue to be offered for sale” by the firm through its Fulfillment by Amazon service, according to untitled letter.
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CDER compliance office director Donald Ashley offers a cautionary note to temper expectations for the FDA’s enforcement in the supplement sector. “We continue to warn the public about products very often sold as dietary supplements that contain hidden drugs,” he says.
Trade group asked FDA six months ago to reverse position it revealed in July 2020 that products containing NAC cannot be marketed as dietary supplements. After Amazon in May reported pulling NAC supplements from its site, CRN decided to ask again.
Amazon’s requirements reach to guaranteeing ingredients are compliant with FDA regulations. While the agency, for the most part, isn’t preventing sales of supplements containing ingredients that have not been notified as NDIs with proof of reasonable expectation of safety, Amazon could ask marketers for the information.