The US National Library of Medicine (NLM) Dietary Supplements Labels Database provides
information about label ingredients in more than 3,000 selected brands of dietary supplements for
free. Users can compare label ingredients in different brands. Information is also provided on the
"structure/function" claims made by manufacturers. These claims by manufacturers have not
been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Companies may not market as dietary
supplements any products that are intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Ingredients of dietary supplements in this database are linked to other NLM databases such as
MedlinePlus and PubMed to allow users to understand the characteristics of ingredients and view the
results of research pertaining to them, including the following:
- Uses in
- Adverse effects
- Mechanism of action
The Database can
be searched by brand names, uses noted on product labels, specific active ingredients, and
manufacturers. Warnings and Recalls from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), related to
specific ingredients and supplement brands have also been provided.
The link to the Dietary
Supplements Labels Database is: http://dietarysupplements.nlm.nih.gov/dietary/index.jsp.
The Center for
Drug Information and Research (CDIR) has written about 2 other free high quality US government
sponsored drug information databases in recent issues of the Drug Information Letter. These
databases are DailyMed that contains almost 5,000 professional product labels for drugs marketed in
the US. The other database is LactMed which contains peer reviewed information on drugs and
Congress with the passage of Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007
and initiatives within the FDA is making more useful drug information available to the public and
health professionals free of charge.
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