Dietary Supplements Expert Witnesses
Dietary supplements expert witness candidates typically have a background in medicinal chemistry, and/or pharmacology. The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) defines dietary supplements as follows:
” … to mean a product (other than tobacco) intended to supplement the diet that bears or contains one or more of the following dietary ingredients: a vitamin, a mineral, an herb or other botanical, an amino acid, a dietary substance for use by man to supplement the diet by increasing the total dietary intake, or a concentrate, metabolite, constituent, extract, or combination of any of the aforementioned ingredients. Furthermore, a dietary supplement must be labeled as a dietary supplement and be intended for ingestion and must not be represented for use as conventional food or as a sole item of a meal or of the diet.”
There are several types of dietary and nutritional supplement products on the market, including:
- Vitamin – an organic compound required by an organism as a vital nutrient in limited amounts (e.g., Vitamin C, Vitamin D, folic acid, etc.)
- Mineral – inorganic compound indispensable for life (e.g., potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, iron)
- Protein and amino acid (e.g., whey protein, soy, rice protein)
- Essential fatty acids (e.g., fish oil, omega 3 fatty acids)
- Natural products – extracts from plants, animals, algae, fungi or lichens (e.g., ginkgo biloba, cranberry, ginseng)
- Probiotic supplements
Litigation support by a dietary supplements expert witness often involves intellectual property matters such as a patent litigation, trademark, or trade secret disputes. Litigation support activities could include forensic toxicology, expert report preparation, expert opinion and testimony in the courtroom. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request a dietary supplement specialist with prior expert testimony experience.
Whether the case involves sports nutrition, dietary supplement labels, an herbal supplement, FDA regulations or a weight loss supplement, Cahn Litigation Services has the experience required to turn the search for an expert around quickly and provide the right balance of expertise and testimony to get the job done.
Dietary Supplements Expert Witness - Representative Bios
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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Dietary Supplements experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give lawyers a sense of the Dietary Supplements landscape.