|The National Library of Medicine Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) has collaborated with the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) on a new database containing dietary supplement label information. ODS is the lead NIH Institute for dietary supplement information.
The new database, Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD), captures information on dietary supplements' labels and allows the searching, sorting, and filtering capabilities needed by researchers. Its data can be saved and analyzed. It is a significantly larger effort than the current NLM Dietary Supplements Labels Database and already contains 17,000 labels and images of labels. It is expected to grow rapidly over the next three years, eventually covering most of the 55,000 dietary supplement products sold to American consumers. For this reason, the current NLM resource will be retired sometime before the end of June, 2013. You can visit the new database at http://www.dsld.nlm.nih.gov.
The Dietary Supplements Labels Database offers information about label ingredients in more than 8,000 selected brands of dietary supplements. It enables users to compare label ingredients in different brands. Information is also provided on the "structure/function" claims made by manufacturers. These claims by manufacturers have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Companies may not market as dietary supplements any products that are intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Ingredients of dietary supplements in this database are linked to other National Library of Medicine databases such as MedlinePlus® and PubMed® to allow users to understand the characteristics of ingredients and view the results of research pertaining to them, including the following characteristics:
- Uses in humans
- Adverse effects
- Mechanism of action
The Database can be searched by brand names, uses noted on product labels, specific active ingredients, and manufacturers.