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Posted January 4, 2014

Beware of Supplements Claiming to Treat Brain Injury, FDA Warns

On December 31, 2013, the FDA warned consumers to avoid dietary supplements promoted to prevent, treat or cure concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

These products are frequently sold online and in various retail stores, and may be promoted with claims that the supplement can speed recovery from TBIs. Resuming activity too early after such an injury can be dangerous.

"We're very concerned that false assurances of faster recovery will convince athletes of all ages, coaches and even parents that someone suffering from a concussion is ready to resume activities before they are really ready," the FDA's National Health Fraud Coordinator Gary Coody stated. "Also, watch for claims that these products can prevent or lessen the severity of concussions or TBIs."

In 2012, as part of its effort to address such claims, the FDA issued warning letters to PruTect Rx and Trinity Sports Group, Inc. for promoting their products as helping to reduce recovery time from concussions or treat post-concussive syndrome. The companies have since changed their websites and labeling.

Recently, the agency also issued a warning to Star Scientific, Inc. for promoting its anti-inflammatory supplement Anatabloc as a treatment for TBIs.

Coody warned that "there is no dietary supplement that has been shown to prevent or treat" concussions or TBIs. "If someone tells you otherwise," he stated, "walk away."

See Related Warnings:

Maker of Concussion Recovery Supplement Warned For Making Drug Claims

Maker of Omega-3, Bone and Brain and Supplements Warned For Drug Claims

To read the FDA's warning, use the link below.