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FDA Recalls Diet Pills with Undeclared Sibutramine

FDA Recalls Diet Pills with Undeclared Sibutramine

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Nine weight-loss supplements have been recalled because they contain sibutramine, an appetite-suppressing drug that was withdrawn from the market in 2010 after it was linked to a 16% increased risk of heart attack, stroke and death.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:

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