Here’s the Latest Diet Pill Recall by the FDA That You Need to Know About
Even more diet pills and weight loss supplements are testing positive for the banned substances Sibutramine and Phenolphthalein. Here is the latest diet pill offender that the FDA just announced is under a voluntary recall.
This past year there have been several recalls of numerous weight loss supplements and dieting pills that were found to contain the FDA banned chemicals Sibutramine and Phenolphthalein. And, as it turns out, the list is continuing to grow as announcements from the FDA continue to warn consumers that these two common chemicals are often hidden in weight loss products.
According to the FDA:
Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant that was banned in the U.S. in 2010 because it is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke.
Phenolphthalein is an ingredient previously used in over-the-counter laxatives, but because of concerns of carcinogenicity, it is not currently approved for marketing in the United States. Health risks associated with phenolphthalein could include potentially serious gastrointestinal disturbances, irregular heartbeat, and cancer with long-term use.
Late last year, Sibutramine and Phenolphthalein made the news when a female teenager and a young man were hospitalized after experiencing hallucinations and acute kidney failure after taking a popular grapefruit drink advertised for weight loss.
And last June, the FDA announced the voluntary recall of a popular fat fighting pill used in the popular Smart Lipo weight loss product line which scientists from the FDA labs found contained the same non-labeled ingredients Sibutramine and Phenolphthalein as well as Desmethylsibutramine, which is a related formulation of Sibutramine.
Unfortunately, we can expect additional future reports of dieting pills and weight loss products―especially those available online and over-the-counter―to emerge as the FDA warns that there is an emerging trend to produce weight loss products laced with varying quantities of approved prescription drug ingredients, controlled substances, and untested and unstudied pharmaceutically active ingredients that could be harmful.
Here is a YouTube video by the FDA about how consumers are being fooled by empty diet promises:
The Latest Recalled Diet Pills
So what diet pills made the latest addition to a growing recall list? “Pink Bikini” and “Shorts on the Beach (Blue and Gold Edition)” which belong to the Lucy's Weight Loss System product line. The recall specifies all lots that were distributed May 25-June 23, 2015 and include a 7/30/2017 expiration date.
The FDA press release states that consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Lucy's Weight Loss System by phone (682)-308-0199 (682)-308-0199 or [email protected] on Monday thru Friday 10:00am to 5:30pm CST. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.
For more about recalled weight loss supplements and diet pills, here is an informative article that includes several recalled products as part of an FDA posting of an Aspirin-Related Weight Loss Supplement Recall.
Reference: FDA Recall Press Release “Lucy's Weight Loss System Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Pink Bikini and Shorts on The Beach Due to Undeclared Sibutramine and Phenolphthalein”