Safety of Supplements: Exploring the boundaries between drugs and supplements
Dietary supplements lead to tens of thousands of emergency department admissions each year in the United States. In this presentation, we considered why this might be the case by exploring: a) the regulatory framework under which dietary supplements are sold including how hazardous supplements are detected and removed from the marketplace; and b) what ingredients in supplements might be potentially harmful thereby exploring the boundaries between drugs and supplements.
Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds/Research
Tuesday, December 5th, 8:00am – 9:00am (followed by coffee hour)
Bornstein Family Amphitheater, BWH, 45 Francis St., Boston, MA
Presenter: Pieter Cohen, MD, a graduate of Yale School of Medicine, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a practicing internist at Cambridge Health Alliance (Somerville, Massachusetts) who routinely recommends dietary supplements to his patients. His area of research is the safety of dietary supplements. Along with analytic chemistry colleagues he has spent the last decade exploring the boundaries between drugs and supplements. His work has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, American Journal of Public Health and Annals of Internal Medicine.