Should Dietary Supplements be regulated as Prescription Drugs?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety of manufactured products such as, drugs, cosmetics, and food supply. The FDA is responsible for advancing public health products by regulating the ingredients of medicine and drugs. They are responsible for verifying accurate food and drug administration. Prescription drugs are bought behind the counter because they may be harmful due to illegal sale and distribution. While most drugs are legal, the substances within them can be harmful. For example, Sudafed and Aleve-D are, "Non sedative relief capsules that are used to relieve mild to moderate pain as well as fever" (Baxamusa, 2010, Para. 1). These products contain Pseudoephedrine, a decongestant that can become harmful and additive if not used properly. That being said, sale of prescription drugs is limited to customers of the age 18 and older.
For example, many consumers used prescribed drugs incorrectly for its intended purpose. Drug addicts use promethazine, a common antihistamine to overdose, thus becoming a substitute to gaining the effects of using a common illegal substance such as cocaine. These medications contain several ingredients that have been proven harmful to humans.
Dietary supplements have been generally accepted by the medical community, in maintaining a balanced immune system. I disagree with the idea of regulating dietary supplements as prescription drugs. By definition:
Dietary supplements are substances you eat or drink. They can be vitamins, minerals, herbs or other plants, amino acids (the individual building blocks of protein), or parts of these substances. They can be in a pill, capsule, tablet, or liquid form. They supplement (add to) the diet and should be considered a substitute for food. (Dietary supplements, 2009, Para. 1)
Dietary Supplements are accessible by health...