Rutgers Poison Control Expert Available to Discuss FDA Warnings that Dietary Supplements May Be Harmful

Newswise — Newark, N.J. (Nov. 12, 2018)— A Rutgers University poison control center expert is available to discuss FDA warnings that dietary supplements may be harmful.

Data from 2007 to 2016 show that more than 776 dietary supplements contained unapproved pharmaceutical ingredients. Many of these products are sold for weight loss, muscle building or sexual enhancement.

“Just because it’s sold over the counter doesn’t mean it’s without risk,” said Diane Calello, executive and medical director of the New Jersey Poison Control Center at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School’s Department of Emergency Medicine. “Dietary supplements may not always be what they seem. Products often make health claims that are unfounded and contain ingredients that may cause dangerous effects.”

More information is available at the New Jersey Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 or

Diane Calello, the New Jersey Poison Control Center’s executive and medical director, can be reached at [email protected].

Calello can also be reached by contacting New Jersey Poison Control at 973-972-9280.




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