November 2015

Supplements Sending Thousands to the ER Every Year

New research estimates that about 23,000 ER visits each year are related to adverse effects caused by dietary supplements. In the new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers compiled data from 63 ER departments over a 10 year period. Weight loss and energy products were the most commonly reported culprits. Proponents of dietary supplements have criticized this data, stating that data from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Serious Adverse Event Reporting database was not considered.

If you experience an adverse event or side effect from a dietary supplement, submit a report on Natural MedWatch.


  1. Geller AI, Shehab N, Weidle NJ, et al. Emergency Department Visits for Adverse Events Related to Dietary Supplements. N Engl J Med. 2015 Oct 15;373(16):1531-40.

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