The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in collaboration with the American Medical Association (AMA) has developed an education program to help physicians and other healthcare professionals understand how dietary supplements are regulated in the United States and provide information to patients about their benefits and risks. The program includes three videos and companion education materials.
Interested physicians will be able to earn 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM on the AMA Ed HubTM.
The scenes in these CME videos may not depict current recommended infection prevention and control practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as the course was produced prior to the pandemic. For the most current information from FDA on COVID-19, visit www.fda.gov/coronavirus.
Module 1: Dietary Supplements: What Physicians Should Know – Part 1
This video reviews how dietary supplements are defined, regulated, and labeled, including the types of claims that are permitted.
Module 2: Dietary Supplements: What Physicians Should Know – Part 2
This video reviews the risks of taking dietary supplements, including supplement-drug interactions, laboratory test interference, and common hidden drug ingredients. The video also discusses potential adverse events associated with supplement use and how to report them to FDA. The video concludes with tips and tools for talking to patients about dietary supplements.
Module 3: What You Need to Know About Dietary Supplements
This video provides a general overview of dietary supplement regulation, labeling, claims, benefits, and risks. The video offers practical guidance for healthcare professionals and can be shared directly with patients.
Companion Education Materials
For Healthcare Professionals
Download in English and in Spanish (en español)
FDA’s Dietary Supplement Resources
- Dietary Supplements
- What's New in Dietary Supplements
- Dietary Supplement Products & Ingredients
- How to Report a Problem with Dietary Supplements
Additional Dietary Supplement Information from Other Agencies
- Dietary Supplement Information for Health Professionals (NIH-ODS)
- MedlinePlus-Dietary Supplements (NIH-NLM)
- Dietary Supplements (USDA-FNIC)
- Operation Supplement Safety (DoD)