OTC.NewDirections Editor’s Comments: 30th October 2013

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Product safety is one of the key themes in our latest edition of OTC.NewDirections, with two stories related to supplements in Australia. The country’s medicines agency, TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration), has announced a review of oxedrine (synephrine) and caffeine, both of which are ingredients commonly found in energy and weight loss supplements. The issue of caffeine’s safety has become a hot topic for regulators across the world, notably in the US, where the FDA has been reviewing 1,600 AERs (Adverse Event Reports) for caffeine-based foods and supplements.

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