October 11, 2013 — Nine weight-loss supplements have been recalled because they contain sibutramine, an appetite-suppressing drug that was withdrawn from the market in 2010 after it was linked to a 16% increased risk of heart attack, stroke and death.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Drug Safety Communication to warn about the risk of sibutramine, and they have provided a resource, “Tainted Weight-Loss Supplements,” which lists recalled products. According to the FDA, dangers of this weight-loss drug include:
“Sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and can present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke. This product can also interact in life-threatening ways with other medications a consumer may be taking.”
Several weight-loss supplements listed below contain phenolphthalein, which is a laxative that was taken off the market in 1999. Today, phenolphthalein is “not generally recognized as safe and effective.”
Recalled diet pills include:
- Perfect Body Solutions
- Burn 7
- Dr. Mao’s Slimming Capsules
- Bella Vi Insane Amp’d (sibutramine and phenolphthalein)
- Bella Vi Amp’d Up (sibutramine and phenolphthalein)
- Be Inspired (sibutramine and phenolphthalein)
- Slim Fortune
- Slim Expert
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