Looking for information about a specific name-brand supplement product? This page lists resources to help you make an informed decision about a name-brand product you are taking or considering. Start with our supplement scorecard (linked below), and then check the OPSS High-Risk List by clicking on the button on this page. Finally, check the OPSS Prohibited List to see if any of the ingredients in a supplement are prohibited for use by the Department of Defense. If you’re still unsure about the product you’re considering, send us a question using the Ask the Expert button at the top of this page.
Read the label on your supplement and answer 7 yes-or-no questions to determine if it’s “no go.”
Compare the ingredients listed on the label of your name-brand product to the OPSS list of DoD-prohibited ingredients.
Finally, visit the OPSS article on third-party testing and certification for resources that can help you further determine what’s in your name-brand supplement.
External Resources for Name Brand Supplements
FDA’s Tainted Products Marketed as Dietary Supplements
FDA has identified over-the-counter products marketed as dietary supplements that contain hidden active ingredients that could be harmful, such as prescription drug ingredients, controlled substances, and other pharmaceutically active ingredients that haven’t been adequately studied.Could your supplement be tainted? Check FDA's list External Link
Therapeutic Research Center’s Natural Medicines
Natural Medicines provides in-depth, evidence-based information about dietary supplement products and ingredients, such as their uses, safety, effectiveness, potential side effects, drug interactions, and more. Products are rated 1 to 10 based on safety and effectiveness. We encourage you to consider only using products rated 8 or above.
This user-friendly database is available free to all DoD personnel with a “.mil” email address.Find out how your supplement rates on Natural Medicines External Link