National Toxicology Program

National Toxicology Program

Nomination Summary for Germanium compounds (N20128)

Germanium compounds

Specific Substances: No Specific Substances or Agents are Selected for this Nomination

Nomination Date: 07/11/2001

Nominator: NIEHS

Rationale: Germanium is a non-essential element being marketed as a dietary supplement. These products are promoted for their claimed immunomodulatory effects or as health-promoting elixirs. Germanium supplements, when used chronically, have caused nephrotoxocity and death.

NTP Principles: not specified

Status: In Review

NTP is located at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health.