Oz: The Great and Powerful: Dr. Mehmet Oz has a love-hate relationship with the supplement industry. He mentions an ingredient and sales soar; however, he has also tainted the industry's reputation with allegations of adulteration.
DMAA Legal Status Questioned: Numerous governments banned sales of the weight management ingredient, and FDA warned companies that DMAA may be illegal; however, many in the industry disagree.
Weight Management Tips the Scale: Keeping the pounds off is constantly on the minds of American consumers, and recently in the crosshairs of regulators who watched this supplement category for signs of adulteration and illegal health claims.
Election 2012: The U.S. presidential, congressional and state elections affect the way supplement companies will conduct business in 2013 and beyond.
Legal, Regulatory Battles Highlight Challenges in Energy Drink Market: Energy drink manufacturers were saddled with government scrutiny, class action lawsuits and allegations of causing deaths in 2012.
Warning Letters Show FDA is Serious about GMP Compliance: FDA increased the number of warning letters it sent for GMP compliance this year, indicating that the agency places a great deal of significance on manufacturing processes.
FTC, Class Action and Patent Lawsuits Cause Legal Woes: 2012 saw its share of legal battles within the supplement industry from the federal government, lawyers representing consumers and rival companies.
NDI Concerns Lead to Revision: FDA's new dietary ingredient (NDI) draft guidance was released in summer 2011, but the battles flowed well into 2012; resulting with the agency agreeing to reissue the document.
Omega-3 Sales Rise Despite Stormy Scientific Seas: High-profile scientific studies released this year reported omega-3s don't help the heart, the brain or cancer risk; however consumers don't seem to be swayed as sales are steady.
Vitamin D-ficiencies: Dangerous for the Young and Old: Vitamin D was the darling of supplement researchers this year, with many new studies showing benefits to both young and old.