FDA Bans Multiple Weight Loss Supplements
The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is continuing the ban on certain weight loss due to undeclared pharmaceutical ingredients.
Pharmaceutical Found in Dietary Supplements
The FDA found that certain weight loss products like Black Mamba Hyperrush, Diablos ECA Fire Caps, Natural Max Slimming and Lean Body Extreme contained generic prescription drugs in them like sibutramine.
Sibutramine is a generic version of Meridia, a banned weight loss medication. The medication was banned in the 1990s due to it being potentially carcinogenic.
Additionally, Botanical Slimming was found to contain fluoxetine (Prozac), a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) antidepressant. Diablos ECA, Natural Max Slimming and Lean Body Extreme were found to contain a generic version of Viagra
According to The Plain Dealer, some of the tested pills contained as many as four undeclared ingredients.
Supplements Remain Unmonitored
These findings mark a growing trend in supplements in weight loss products containing unreported pharmaceuticals and chemicals.
Currently, supplements do not need FDA approval before hitting the market, and their quality is not monitored by regulators.
For a full list of warning notices, visit the FDA’s website.