Q: My question is, "Which is it? A "dietary supplement" or a "drug"?
I'm in a quandary. A long time ago it was pounded into my head that dietary supplements were not controlled by the FDA and therefore did not require a prescription. Now Aetna has taken roughly 10% of its formulary and declared them over-the-counter, yet they are not available over-the-counter. I also see prescription drugs being billed as "dietary supplements" (example included below with sources).
My question is, "Which is it? A "dietary supplement" or a "drug"?
(Is it legal to market a dietary supplement product as a treatment or cure for a specific disease or condition?)
Which is right?
Probably depends on the specific substance.
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