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Dietary SupplementsWhat Physicians Should Know

Learning Objectives
1. Define dietary supplements
2. Describe how dietary supplements are regulated
3. Describe how dietary supplements are labeled and the types of claims permitted
4. Review potential interactions of dietary supplements with other supplements, medications, and laboratory tests
5. Identify adverse events and how to report them to FDA
0.5 Credit CME

AMA and FDA share a mutual goal of increasing understanding and awareness of dietary supplement regulations so physicians can effectively counsel patients on dietary supplement use. This education module will include information on:

  • Current FDA regulation of supplement products, product labeling and label claims

  • Dietary supplement interactions with other drugs and laboratory tests

  • Identifying and reporting adverse events associated with dietary supplements

  • Engaging in risk-based conversations with patients

Dietary Supplements: What Physicians Should Know - Part 1

This video reviews how dietary supplements are defined, regulated, and labeled, including the types of claims that are permitted.

Dietary Supplements: What Physicians Should Know - Part 2

This video reviews the risks of taking dietary supplements, including supplement-drug interactions, laboratory test interference, and common hidden drug ingredients. The video also discusses potential adverse events associated with supplement use and how to report them to FDA. The video concludes with tips and tools for talking to patients about dietary supplements.

What You Need to Know About Dietary Supplements

This video provides a general overview of dietary supplement regulation, labeling, claims, benefits, and risks. The video offers practical guidance for healthcare professionals and can be shared directly with patients.

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AMA CME Accreditation Information

Credit Designation Statement: The American Medical Association designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME Disclosure Statement: Unless noted, all individuals in control of content reported no relevant financial relationships.

If applicable, all relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to:

0.5 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program;

0.5 Self-Assessment points in the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery’s (ABOHNS) Continuing Certification program;

0.5 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program;

0.5 Lifelong Learning points in the American Board of Pathology’s (ABPath) Continuing Certification program; and

0.5 CME points in the American Board of Surgery’s (ABS) Continuing Certification program.

It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting MOC credit.


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