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NIH says it hopes the database will benefit a wide range of people, including consumers, researchers, and healthcare providers.
A new, public Dietary Supplement Label Database launched last week by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) makes information freely available on approximately 17,000 dietary supplement finished products sold in the U.S. market. NIH says it hopes the database will benefit a wide range of people, including consumers, researchers, and healthcare providers.
The database not only includes information listed on each product’s Supplement Facts panel, which dietary supplements are required to display; it also contains other information such as directions for use, health-related claims, and warning statements. Website visitors can search results by ingredient, product, or brand name.
NIH plans to update the database frequently, as product labels often change and as new products are added or old products are removed from the marketplace. “The Dietary Supplement Label Database will be updated regularly to incorporate most of the more than 55,000 dietary supplement products in the U.S. marketplace,” said Steven Phillips, MD, director of the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services, in a press release. NLM and NIH’s Office of Dietary Supplements collaborated on the database.
The database also offers an app, located at https://myds.nih.gov.