Safety Alert on Weight-Loss Drugs Expanded by FDA
In January the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a nationwide alert to consumers regarding tainted weight loss products. The safety alert on weight loss drugs has been expanded by the FDA.
As before, undeclared active pharmaceutical ingredients were found to be added to several products. The products added to this latest alert include Herbal Xenicol, Slimbionic, and Xsvelten.
The previous list included 28 different products marketed for weight loss. The latest warning brings the number of products to 72. The FDA states it will continue to update the list as needed.
"Dr Janet Woodcock was quoted in the news release as saying “These tainted weight-loss products pose a great risk to public health because they contain undeclared ingredients and, in some cases, contain prescription drugs in amounts that greatly exceed maximum recommended dosages. Consumers have no way of knowing that these products contain dangerous drugs that could cause serious consequences to their health."
The products included in the alert are promoted and sold on various Web sites and in some retail stores and beauty salons. The products have not been approved by the FDA and are illegal, the agency said. Several of them are marketed as dietary supplements
The undeclared active pharmaceutical ingredients contained in the products:
fenproporex -- a controlled substance not approved for sale in the United States
fluoxetine -- an antidepressant available by prescription only
bumetanide -- a potent diuretic available by prescription only
furosemide -- a potent diuretic available by prescription only
rimonabant -- a drug not approved for sale in the United States
cetilistat -- an experimental obesity drug not approved for sale in the United States
phenytoin -- an anti-seizure medication available by prescription only
phenolphthalein -- a solution used in chemical experiments and a suspected cancer-causing agent that is not approved for sale in the United States
A complete list of the tainted weight-loss products is available at the FDA
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