What geriatricians can do to stop it

The abundance of pharmaceutical advertising has taught patients to beware of drug side effects. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires drug manufacturers to disclose these risks alongside any potential benefits.

But not for vitamin and herbal supplements.

The FDA considers them “foods,” not “drugs.” However, dietary supplements also can cause side effects and unwanted interactions with other substances.

This is a big concern for older adults with growing health issues, says Ronan Factora, MD, of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Geriatric Medicine.

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