Dietary supplement labeling: cognitive biases, market manipulation & consumer choice.

Academic Article


  • There exists increasing concern that the Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act (“DSHEA”) has proven ineffective and perhaps counterproductive. Most illustratively, consider a recent and remarkably candid remark from Tommy Thompson, then Secretary of Health and Human Services: “I really think Congress should take a look at the food supplement law again.It doesn't make any sense to me.”A health law that makes no sense to the Secretary of Health of Health and Human Services should certainly draw the attention of academics and policy-makers alike. Much of the debate concerning DSHEA regards the disparity in legislative treatment between dietary supplements, foods, and pharmaceutical drugs. Specifically, while pharmaceutical drugs must undergo years of costly pre-market testing, most dietary supplements—like most foods—can immediately enter the market, and only after repeated instances of adverse reactions can the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) remove them.
  • Authors


    Publication Date

  • 2005
  • Published In


  • Choice Behavior
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Economic Competition
  • Government Regulation
  • Humans
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Politics
  • Product Labeling
  • United States
  • United States Food and Drug Administration
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 16146289
  • Start Page

  • 215
  • End Page

  • 268
  • Volume

  • 31
  • Issue

  • 2-3