Fighting Back Against Unethical Dietary Supplement Manufacturers

In recent years, dietary supplements have risen in popularity across the country. Supplements can come in a variety of forms, including tablets, capsules, drinks, powders and gummies. With flashy marketing and promises of transformative results, it is easy to fall into the trap these unethical companies lay for consumers.

If you are the victim of these companies, their dangerous products and their dubious promises, our attorneys at Tiedt & Hurd can help you file a claim. Dietary supplement litigation is a niche and complex area of law that requires an experienced attorney to help your claim succeed. Our Corona lawyers will take the time to listen to your story and fully investigate your situation to determine if you have a legitimate claim.

When The Promise Of Better Health Causes You Harm

Dietary supplements can include vitamins, herbs, amino acids, enzymes and other ingredients that can have a strong impact on your health when taken in high quantities. For example, consuming too much vitamin A can cause liver damage, headaches and birth defects.

Side effects from dietary supplements may include:

  • Damage to internal organs
  • Birth defects
  • Bone loss
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts

The FDA regulation of dietary supplements follows a different set of rules than the regulation of prescription or over-the-counter medications. This means that there is not the same level of oversight for all aspects of dietary supplement products. While manufacturers are supposed to follow certain rules to ensure the safety of their products, many of them print misleading labels and do not regulate the cleanliness of their factories.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dietary Supplement Litigation

Dietary supplement litigation is still relatively unfamiliar to a lot of people. Here are some of the questions our lawyers hear most often:

What problems can dietary supplements cause?

Dietary supplements can pose risks due to the absence of mandatory safety testing and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval before market release. Issues include undisclosed adverse effects, unregulated pill sizes (a risk for older individuals) and a multitude of other serious health consequences, including:

  • Reduced bone strength
  • Fetal abnormalities
  • Liver and other organ damage
  • Nervous system damage

In many cases, the damage from dietary supplements can be permanent.

How often do dietary supplements cause harm?

The frequency of harm caused by dietary supplements varies. Adverse effects can occur due to factors like
  • Unregulated formulations
  • Interactions with medications
  • Excessive dosing

The extent of harm depends on individual health conditions, the specific supplement and adherence to usage guidelines.

How closely are dietary supplements regulated?

The FDA oversees dietary supplements, but its regulatory role mainly comes into play post-market. It focuses on ensuring safety, proper manufacturing and accurate labeling. Additionally, it enforces laws and regulations governing dietary supplements to uphold standards in the industry. However, companies can often sell supplements without FDA notification.

Does "natural" mean it is safe to use a dietary supplement?

No, the term “natural” does not guarantee the safety of a dietary supplement. While some natural supplements can be safe, others may still pose risks or have side effects.

What are "red flags" that a product is fraudulent?

Red flags indicating a fraudulent product include:
  • Exaggerated claims
  • Promises of miraculous results
  • Lack of scientific backing
  • Undisclosed ingredients
  • Poor online reviews
  • Absence of contact information or customer support.

You should be cautious if the product is marketed as a quick fix or if the seller pressures you with limited-time offers.

Work With A Law Firm That Understands Dietary Supplement Cases

Working with an experienced personal injury lawyer on your dietary supplement claim can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case. To learn more about the dietary supplement litigation process, call our attorneys at 855-717-5529 or fill out an online contact form. From our office in Corona, we can assist clients throughout California and nationwide in dietary supplement claims.