The reason drugs are inherently safer, and then dietary supplements, is because drugs made by the pharmaceutical industry are regulated by the FDA. This is the standard mantra that people talk about and unfortunately everyone has too much faith in it.
The FDA approval process for regulated products is as diverse as the product itself. These differences are determined by applicable statute by the FDA and the relative risk of the product to the consumer. The FDA aims to provide consumers with safe and effective products.
From product testing to label inspection, the FDA tests nearly every aspect of food and medicine to ensure that they are "safe and effective" for use.
With FDA approved products, you can rest assured that you won't be fooled by counterfeit ingredients on product labels. The FDA approval process ensures that the ingredients under test are used in the manufacture of goods, be they pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, or food products.
The FDA motto is to ensure the safety and satisfaction of consumers with the medicines and daily foods they consume. However, the FDA has a strict mission and the following four roles under the Food and Drug Administration Act:
What they don't reveal, for example, is that industry spends more money on advertising and promotion than on research. Even so, they learned that advertising directly to consumers is more profitable than research.