GREAT NECK, NY – The North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today that Ken Spaeth, MD, director of occupational and environmental medicine at the health system, was recognized by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for his work identifying the presence of contaminants in vitamin supplements sold by a Long Island company.
Dr. Spaeth was among the recipients of the FDA’s group award for recognizing undeclared anabolic steroids in vitamin B supplements, which he received on June 6. The award recognizes his collaboration with and teamwork to keep people safe.
Starting in January 2013, Dr. Spaeth saw patients referred to him by an alternative practitioner who believed they had experienced a toxic environmental exposure. Their symptoms included weakness, muscle aches and among the women menstruation issues and unusual hair growth. Through laboratory tests, patient examinations and phone consultations, Dr. Spaeth determined that these patients were unknowingly taking anabolic steroids in their vitamin supplements, which was the one thing these patients had in common. In February of last year, Dr. Spaeth notified the FDA of his findings and the government safety group issued consumer warnings .
Dr. Spaeth treated and consulted on approximately 30 patients, ranging in age for 12 to 75, who were taking these tainted vitamins.