Alerts

FDA advises consumers to stop using any supplement products labeled as OxyElite Pro or VERSA-1. Please see the following advisories: FDA -10/08/13, FDA - 10/11/13 and CDC - 10/08/13.

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Announcements

New article on reporting side effects of supplements
Just published in The New England Journal of Medicine: A recent article brings up dietary supplement issues you need to be aware of and discusses how dietary supplement side effects could be monitored better. A PDF of the April 3rd article is available free online.

3rd International Congress on Soldiers’ Physical Performance
August 18-21, 2014
The ICSPP delivers innovative scientific programming on soldiers’ physical performance with experts from around the world.

DMAA list updated for April 2014

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Dietary supplement module
Earn continuing education credits (if eligible) for this two-hour online module.

Operation LiveWell

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HPRC's human performance optimization (HPO) website is for U.S. Warfighters, their families, and those in the field of HPO who support them. The goal is Total Force Fitness: Warfighters optimized to carry out their mission as safely and effectively as possible.

You are here: Home Dietary Supplements OPSS: Operation Supplement Safety OPSS: Operation Supplement Safety OPSS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Is there a place where I can get a rating of the safety and effectiveness of a supplement?

Question

Is there a place where I can get a rating of the safety and effectiveness of a supplement?

    OPSS Answer

    The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCD) website is offered by the DoD through the HPRC. Through NMCD you can learn how to make informed decisions and get ratings on dietary supplements and natural products, as well as information about product ingredients. HPRC has made this available to all active-duty personnel through links on its website; a “.mil” email address is required to create an account. We encourage consumers of dietary supplements to consider only using products rated eight or above on NMCD’s scale. These are in the green area of the scale and have evidence of safety. Ratings in the yellow range mean that data are lacking. The red area indicates well-known safety concerns and/or proven ineffectiveness.

    Additional information on the safety and efficacy of dietary supplements can be found in HPRC’s new Dietary Supplements Classification System. We encourage consumers to consider using only supplements in the green zone.

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