Natural Standard recently launched a new Adverse Effects Checker, a point-of-care resource for healthcare professionals.
Currently, dietary supplements are not approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for safety and effectiveness. It is the responsibility of manufacturers and distributors to ensure products are safe before they are marketed to the public. Manufacturers have been required to report all serious product-related adverse effects to the FDA since December of 2007.
This decision-support tool allows clinicians to quickly search for potential causes of reported adverse effects alphabetically or by category. Users can click on specific adverse effects (such as abdominal cramps or hair loss) to see which integrative therapies may have these effects. The checker results are based on evidence from laboratory and animal studies, human case reports and trials, as well as expert opinion and anecdote.
Natural Standard has also added a Case Report button, which allows users to easily submit case reports for integration into Natural Standard monographs and submission to the FDA.
Natural Standard's evidence-based systematic reviews have always featured potential adverse effects of integrative therapies. The new Adverse Effects Checker conveniently compiles this information in one location for easy use.
To try this new tool, please visit Natural Standard's NEW Adverse Effects Checker.