FYI: Tainted Weight-Loss Pills

The FDA warned consumers Monday to neither consume nor purchase a slate of more than 25 different weight-loss products. Each may contain "undeclared, active pharmaceutical ingredients that may put consumers' health at risk," the FDA said in a release.

The drugs the FDA warns could be tainted:

  • 2 Day Diet
  • 3x Slimming Power
  • 3 Day Diet
  • 5x Imelda Perfect Slimming
  • 7 Day Herbal Slim
  • 7 Diet Day/Night Formula
  • 8 Factor Diet
  • 999 Fitness Essence
  • Extrim Plus
  • Fatloss Slimming
  • GMP
  • Imelda Perfect Slim
  • Japan Lingzhi 24 Hours Diet
  • Lida DaiDaihua
  • Miaozi Slim Capsules
  • Perfect Slim
  • Perfect Slim 5x
  • Phyto Shape
  • ProSlim Plus
  • Royal Slimming Formula
  • Slim 3 in 1
  • Slim Express 360
  • Slimtech
  • Somotrim
  • Superslim
  • TripleSlim
  • Venom Hyperdrive 3.0
  • Zhen de Shou

    The FDA warning comes after an analysis found that the "undeclared active pharmaceutical ingredients" in some of the products contained a controlled substance, a drug not approved for marketing in the United States and a suspected cancer-causing agent.

    According to the FDA:
    These weight loss products, some of which are marketed as "dietary supplements," are promoted and sold on various Web sites and in some retail stores. Some of the products claim to be "natural" or to contain only "herbal" ingredients, but actually contain potentially harmful ingredients not listed on the product labels or in promotional advertisements. These products have not been approved by the FDA, are illegal and may be potentially harmful to unsuspecting consumers.

    The FDA advises consumers who have used any of these products to stop taking them and consult their healthcare professional immediately. The FDA encourages consumers to seek guidance from a healthcare professional before purchasing weight loss products.

    "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 their maximum recommended dosages," said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA.

    "Consumers have no way of knowing that these products contain powerful drugs that could cause serious health consequences. Therefore FDA is taking this action to protect the health of the American public."
    To learn more, click here. You can also find consumer information about weight-loss pills here. Also, you can read the FDA's Compliance Policy Guide right here.
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