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Speaking of sketchy diet products…

February 24, 2009

The FDA has found that at least 69 herbal weight loss products are tainted with all kinds of things not listed on the label.

Many of these “herbal” weight-loss remedies — 69 at last count — are tainted with prescription drugs or mixtures of drugs, including laxatives, diuretics, and anti-seizure medications. And that list of 69 products will probably grow in the coming weeks, says FDA spokesperson Rita Chappelle.

“Our investigation is ongoing and quite extensive, and more products will be added to the list,” she says.

Some supplements contain rimonabant, a prescription drug rejected by the FDA for use in the United States due to safety concerns. And others contain sibutramine, a prescription weight-loss drug sold as Meridia in the United Sates. However, the supplements often contain more than one drug, and in doses three to four times what you would get with a doctor’s prescription. The supplements’ labels don’t mention the medications, much less the amount of the drug found in the pills

A list of the 69 found to contain some of these substances can be found here.

*finds soap box*

This is what happens when you have

1. Un unregulated ‘supplement’ industry.
2. A culture so out of its mind when it comes to weight that people are eager to take any drug they can find in order to get thin.

And while I’m up here, let me just say that no matter how pretty the bottle, no matter how ‘natural’ the ingredients and no matter how evil you believe the mainstream pharmaceutical industry to be, the supplement industry is out to make a profit. And, at this point, they don’t have the FDA to provide at least some measure of safety (yes, yes, the FDA isn’t always great on this point) or quality control. So be careful.

*steps down*

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One Comment leave one →
  1. February 26, 2009 10:47 am

    I think it’s outrageous that these “medications” aren’t regulated. I can see why herbs (the plants, not tinctures, blends, etc.) aren’t regulated, but the whole non-pharmaceutical industry has issues. When they are tested, they tend to have concentrations different than noted on the bottle, and now they have illegal things not even mentioned? What a scam. They are probably lying about solvents and excipients used as well, and not all that stuff is inert.

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