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    Nutraceuticals: New Opportunities for Pharmacists

    Helping you (and your patients) navigate the increasingly complex world of dietary supplements.


    “Our students certainly give voice to the need for more complete curricular coverage to meet consumers’ needs,” says Lucinda Maine, CEO and Executive Vice President, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

    An authoritive source pharmacists can use for information on dietary supplement products and for verification of their quality is USP, she says. USP sets standards for dietary supplements.

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    Answering consumers’ questions about nutraceuticals adequately and providing counseling could be a problem for pharmacists in a busy retail environment, acknowledges Dahl. “It could take up too much time and not be worth it to a store,” he says. “In addition, pharmacists are often cautious because they are worried about recommending products and don’t know about potential interactions with drugs a patient might be taking.”

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    But, Pezzuto  says, pharmacists must find time to address public perceptions of products that claim to be natural. “People think natural equals safe but that’s not always true.”

    One solution could be to follow Marvin Moore’s suggestion: Only carry nutraceuticals that you know and trust.


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