Posts Tagged 'diet pills'

Panel Recommends More Testing for Obesity Drugs

Obesity drugs should undergo clinical trials to ensure that they do not cause heart attacks, federal advisers said Thursday, a requirement that could make it harder for such drugs to gain approval. An advisory committee to the Food and Drug Administration voted 17 to 6 to require such studies, even if there were no apparent signs that a drug increased cardiovascular risk.

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Study Sees Heart Risk in Meridia Diet Pill

A clinical trial of Meridia, a controversial diet pill, in nearly 10,000 overweight or obese older patients over many years found that the drug increased the risks of heart attacks and strokes while doing little to slim their waists. The study was paid for by Abbott Laboratories, Meridia’s maker, and published in The New England Journal of Medicine. The authors of the study concluded that the trial results did little more than show that patients with heart problems should not be prescribed Meridia.

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FDA warns consumers to stop using Hydroxycut dietary supplements

Consumers using Hydroxycut products should immediately stop taking the dietary supplements, the Food and Drug Administration warned today after receiving reports of serious health problems related to the drugs. Hydroxycut

The dietary supplements — made by Iovate Health Sciences Inc. of Oakville in Ontario, Canada, and distributed by Iovate Health Sciences USA Inc. of Blasdell, N.Y. — have been linked to one death and are associated with several serious liver injuries, the FDA said. Iovate has agreed to recall the products from the market.

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FDA sends out more diet pill alerts; criminal charges possible

The Food and Drug Administration is adding an additional 41 products to an alert about tainted diet pills issued late last month, bringing the total to 69, officials said Wednesday. “I think it’s fair to say that we have a major initiative investigation ongoing into this type of product,” an FDA official said in an interview. “There is definitely the possibility that there could be criminal charges.”

FDA warns against some diet pills sold on the Web

FDA warns against some diet pills sold on the WebThe government is warning you to stay away from nearly 30 weight-loss products that contain unlisted and possibly dangerous ingredients. The pills are advertised as “natural” fat busters and have intriguing names like Imelda Perfect Slim and Zhen de Shou. Some suggest they are innovative “herbal” remedies from Asia. But the Food and Drug Administration on Monday said the concoctions contain unlisted ingredients, including powerful appetite-suppressing drugs and a suspected carcinogen.

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FDA Warns of Risky Weight Loss Pills

The FDA today warned consumers not to buy or use more than 25 products marketed for weight loss because they contain undeclared, active pharmaceutical ingredients that may be risky. Some of the weight loss products that the FDA is warning about claim to be “natural” or to contain only “herbal” ingredients. But FDA tests found that the some of the products contained undeclared ingredients  which far exceeded the FDA-recommended levels, posing a health risk.

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