NLM Launches Dietary Supplement Label Database!
Researchers, as well as health care providers and consumers, can now see the ingredients listed on the labels of about 17,000 dietary supplements by looking them up on a website! The Dietary Supplement Label Database is a joint project of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM).
The Dietary Supplement Label Database provides product information in one place that can be searched and organized as desired. By law, any product labeled as a dietary supplement must carry a Supplement Facts panel that list its contents and other added ingredients (such as fillers, binders, and flavorings). The Dietary Supplement Label Database includes this information and much more; such as directions for use, health-related claims, and any cautions listed on the label. The Dietary Supplement Label Database offers these features:
- Quick Search: Search for any ingredient or specific text on a label.
- Search for Dietary Ingredients: An alphabetical list of ingredients is also provided.
- Search for Specific Products: An alphabetical list of products is also provided.
- Browse Contact Information: Search by supplement manufacturer or distributor.
- Advanced Search: Provides options for expanding a search by using a combination of search options, including dietary ingredient, product/brand name, health-related claims, and label statements.
For consumers, the ODS app, My Dietary Supplements (MyDS), is available to keep track of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other products taken, and has science-based, reliable information on dietary supplements.
The former Dietary Supplements Labels Database, based on DeLima Associates Dietary Supplements On-Line Database (DSOL), will be retired before the end of June, 2013, and replaced by the new ODS/NLM Dietary Supplement Label Database. More information about the Dietary Supplement Label Database is available from a recent NIH News Release or from the MLA 2013 Offline with NLM Sunrise Seminar: NLM Specialized Information Services Update.