There are many herbal supplements available at stores such as GNC, Target, Wal-Mart, and Walgreens that aren’t only scams but also potentially dangerous. Recent investigations have found that the herbs advertised on many of these bottles’ labels are not even in the product. Some supplements contain undisclosed ingredients that are potentially dangerous for people allergic to them, such as wheat and soy.
Many people use herbal and dietary supplements believing that they will make us healthier and improve the quality of our lives. However, it is a sad fact that many of these products are dangerous. Herbal product manufacturers are notorious for not properly testing products before selling them. Herbal and dietary supplements aren’t as regulated as traditional medications.
If you or a loved one has suffered side effects due to herbal or dietary supplements call the experienced product defect lawyers at Farah & Farah to better understand your legal rights and options.
Call us at 855-797-9899 to discuss your situation.
Examples of Popular Supplements
It may be in your best interest to discuss your legal options with a prescription drug attorney if you have suffered harm while taking popular supplements such as:
- Ginkgo Biloba
- Saw Palmetto
- St. John’s Wort
- Valerian root
Filing an Injury Lawsuit for Mislabeled Herbal and Dietary Supplements
People who have suffered other serious side effects such as kidney or liver damage after taking herbal supplements need to contact an herbal and dietary supplement side effect attorney. A lawsuit can help you pursue financial compensation for your damages.
The New York State Attorney General’s office demanded four major retailers to remove certain herbal supplements from their shelves in February 2015. An investigation found that these products did not even contain the herbs advertised on their labels. GNC was asked to remove products from their “Herbal Plus” brand, including Ginkgo Biloba, St. John’s Wort, Ginseng, Echinacea, and Saw Palmetto.
Tests of Target’s Valerian Root supplement found that it did not contain the herb. Instead, the supplement contained powdered rice, beans, wild carrots, and peas. A study of Wal-Mart’s supplements found that only 4 percent of their products had DNA matching the supplement advertised. Besides not containing the supplements advertised, many contained ingredients not listed on the label. This is a serious problem for consumers with allergies. Some GNC products even had powdered legumes, which is extremely dangerous for people with peanut and soybean allergies. Wal-mart’s Ginkgo Biloba contained wheat despite having the words "gluten-free" written on the label.
Mislabeling products and falsely advertising supplements are illegal practices that have real consequences. Walgreens has said that it will remove the products from its shelves nationwide. Wal-mart stated that it will contact the suppliers of its supplements before taking action. GNC went farther by standing behind the “quality and purity” of their products.
Contact our Herbal and Dietary Supplement Side Effect Attorneys Today!
If you have suffered serious health effects because of herbal supplements sold at GNC, Wal-mart, Target, Walgreens or online, you need to explore your legal rights and options. Financial compensation may be available for damages you’ve suffered.
Call us at 855-797-9899 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation with an herbal and dietary supplement side effect lawyer.