The Los Angeles Times corrected several errors published in a July 7 op-ed titled "Alluring but risky medicine" by alternative medicine critic Dr. Paul Offit.
The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) sent a letter to the editor of the Los Angeles Times to correct inaccuracies in the op-ed on July 9.
The correction notes that the op-ed erroneously:
- States the name of a 1994 law as the Dietary Supplement and Health Education Law—it is the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Law
- Says FDA does not regulate dietary supplements when the agency has established safety, labeling and manufacturing rules
- Notes only 170 supplements have documented safety tests when only 170 have submitted safety documentation to FDA under the rule governing supplements marketed after 1994
- Reports that 1.3 million adverse reactions to vitamins, minerals and dietary supplements were reported between 1983 and 2004, but these were actually only exposures, which don't necessarily involve adverse reactions