Here’s an updated list of 69 contaminated products identified by the FDA.
What’s a consumer to think?
On December 22, 2008, the FDA warned consumers not to purchase or consume 28 different products marketed for weight loss. Since then, the FDA identified 41 more tainted weight loss products that may put consumers health at risk.
An FDA analysis found that the undeclared active pharmaceutical ingredients in some of these products include sibutramine (a weight loss prescription drug), rimonabant (a drug not approved for marketing in the United States), phenytoin (an anti-seizure medication), phenolphthalein (a solution used in chemical experiments and a suspected cancer causing agent) and bumetanide (a diuretic).
Some of the amounts of active pharmaceutical ingredients far exceeded the FDA-recommended levels, putting consumers’ health at risk.
The bottom line?
There are so many of these products on the market, the prudent consumer should assume they contain undeclared drugs until proven otherwise.
John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.