Non-prescription Prenatal Multivitamin/mineral (MVM) Dietary Supplement National Study
A study of non-prescription prenatal MVMs was conducted to estimate the relationship between label and analytical values for 20 vitamins and minerals in a nationally representative sample. Non-prescription prenatal MVMs were defined for this study as products containing at least three vitamins, with or without minerals or other bioactive components, sold for prenatal use and available for purchase without a health care provider’s prescription. Products identified as representative of the US market were purchased in 2009-2010 from retail outlets and through direct-to-consumer sales channels. Samples were sent to qualified laboratories for analysis of ingredients using validated methods and appropriate quality assurance measures. Documentation about the methods for sampling and testing samples and a summary of the testing results are reported in the Non-prescription Prenatal MVM Research Summary. The statistical results and their National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) application tables (2007-2012) can be downloaded from the Data Files page. An interactive ingredient calculator for Non-prescription Prenatal MVM is available on the Non-prescription Prenatal MVM Calculator page.