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FDA warns of undeclared drugs found in weight loss pills


This news story was published on March 15, 2014.
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WASHINGTON – MyNicKnaxs, LLC. announced a recall of: Magic Slim, Fruta Bio, SlimEasy, Super Fat Burning Bomb, Slim Xtreme, Meizi Evolution, Meizitang Strong Version Botanical Slimming, Jianfeijindan Activity Girl, and Japan Hokkaido Cangye Phamacy Co., LTD Japanese Chinese Formula pill for weight reduction. The pills have been found to contain phenolphthalein, sibutramine or a combination of both. Sibutramine is a controlled substance that FDA previously approved for the treatment of obesity. Sibutramine was removed from the U.S. market in 2010 for safety reasons, making these dietary supplements an unapproved drug. Phenolphthalein, once used in over-the-counter laxatives, is not approved for marketing in the U.S. because of concerns that the substance can cause cancer.

Risk: Products containing sibutramine pose a threat to consumers because the drug substantially increases blood pressure and pulse rate in some patients. These products may pose a significant risk to those with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, abnormal heart rhythm or stroke. These products may also interact badly with medications being taken. Consumption of these pills could include potentially serious gastrointestinal disturbances, irregular heartbeat, and cancer with long-term use.

Recommendations:

Consumers who have purchased these products should stop using them immediately.

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