FDA Expands Weight-Loss Products Safety Alert

In an article published in MSN Health, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced last Friday, March 20, that they have expanded their nationwide alert regarding tainted weight-loss products that contain undeclared, active pharmaceutical ingredients. Weight loss products that were included in the FDA’s list are Herbal Xenicol, Slimbionic and Xsvelten.

Last year, the FDA warned consumers not to purchase or consume 28 products that are being sold for their weight loss properties. The most recent warning is the second update to their growing list of (now) 72 products. According to the FDA, they would continue to add to the procure should the necessity arise.

Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a news release that, "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 in the FDA’s list are sold on some retail stores and beauty salons, as well as marketed on several websites. Some of the products are promoted and sold as dietary supplements. According to the FDA, all of the products have not been approved by the agency, and are therefore illegal.

The active pharmaceutical ingredients contained by the products but not identified include:

  • 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
  • henolphthalein — a solution used in chemical experiments and a suspected cancer-causing agent that is not approved for sale in the United States

For a complete list of tainted weight-loss products, please visit the FDA website

Source: MSN Health