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Health Care Products

The Food and Drug Administration oversees a broad range of medical and consumer products. In fact, the agency estimates that the items it regulates account for 20 cents of each dollar Americans spend.

The Pew Charitable Trusts understands the tremendous impact these products have on public health. This project advances policies that will effectively protect consumers from dangerous products and reduce safety risks associated with new innovations in the marketplace. Pew’s current efforts focus on diagnostic tests, dietary supplements, over-the-counter drugs, and regenerative medicine.

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Athletes Face Extra Risks When Taking Dietary Supplements

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In recent months, numerous athletes representing a variety of sports have faced allegations of doping after testing positive for a substance known as Ostarine, which has been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for more than a decade. Many of them claimed that the chemical—an unapproved drug that can build muscle mass—had contaminated supplements they used and believed to be harmless to their health and careers.

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FDA Needs Better Tools From Congress to Monitor Dietary Supplement Safety

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At a time when most Americans say they have taken dietary supplements, the Food and Drug Administration just does not have the tools to effectively ensure that these products are safe. In a recent survey, a majority of adults echoed this concern: 7 in 10 said they think the agency cannot protect consumers from harmful supplements.

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What Are In Vitro Diagnostic Tests, and How Are They Regulated?

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Health care providers rely on a variety of tools to diagnose conditions and guide treatment decisions. Among the most common and widely used are <i>in vitro</i> diagnostics (IVDs), which are clinical tests that analyze samples taken from the human body. Patients may receive—or forgo—medical care based on diagnostic test results, making it critically important that tests are reliable.

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