FDA Adds 28 Weight Loss Products To Unsafe List

On December 22, 2008, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) added 28 products to its list of weight loss products it considers to be unsafe (ref: http://www.fda.gov/cder/consumerinfo/weight_loss_products.htm). This update is the second update to the original list, bringing the total number of products on the list up to 72.

The FDA is expanding its nationwide alert to consumers about tainted weight loss pills that contain undeclared, active pharmaceutical ingredients.

Some of the products added to the list are:

  • 7 Day Herbal Slim
  • Extrim Plus
  • Imelda Perfect Slim
  • Perfect Slim
  • Slimtech
  • Superslim

The unsafe products are on the list because they were found to contain harmful pharmaceutical ingredients. Some of the ingredients found were:

  • bumetanide
  • cetilistat
  • fenproporex
  • fluoxetine
  • furosemide
  • sibutramine

A December 22, 2008 press release from the FDA states that the health risks posed by these products “can be serious”, for example sibutramine, which was found in many of the products, can cause “high blood pressure, seizures, tachycardia (rapid heart beat), palpitations, heart attack or stroke” (ref: http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/news/2008/new01933.html).

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