Shark Tank Weight Loss Gummies – Are Weight Loss Supplements Regulated by the FDA?

Over-the-counter weight loss supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as drugs, and do not require premarket review or approval by the FDA, instead placing the responsibility on the supplement manufacturers to ensure that their products are safe and the claims made are truthful and not misleading.

Adarsh Gupta, D.O., director of Valley Forge Weight Management Center in Norristown, Pennsylvania notes that weight loss supplements—which may include over-the-counter medication, herbs and other products that claim weight loss— should be used cautiously. “It is very important for everyone to understand that these supplements are not approved by the FDA,” he says. “The only restrictions that are placed on the supplement is that the supplements cannot claim to cure a disease.”