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FDA Adds More Weight-Loss Products to “Tainted” List

March 23, 2009: 01:01 AM EST
The FDA has added more weight loss products to its list of those it says are tainted with undeclared, active pharmaceuticals. The list now includes 72 products. The March 23 list adds Herbal Xenicol, Slimbionic and Xsvelten, and includes the ingredients fenproporex, fluoxetine, furosemide and cetilistat. Previous lists named sibutramine, bumetanide, phenytoin, rimonabant and phenolphthalein in other over-the-counter (OTC) weight loss products. The agency issued its first warning on December 22, 2008, and a second on January 8. Some of the products are marketed as dietary supplements and are promoted on websites, retail stores and beauty salons. They carry claims such as “herbal” and “natural”, but the FDA says they contain “potentially harmful” ingredients not listed on labels or in advertisements. It is seeking product recalls and may take other enforcement action, and is warning consumers to stop taking the products and seek medical advice.
"FDA Expands List of Tainted Weight Loss Products", Nutraceuticals World, March 23, 2009, © Nutraceuticals World
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