FDA Continues Weight-Loss Supplement Investigation

February 9, 2009

In a continuing investigation, FDA (Rockville, MD) has determined that dozens of weight-loss supplements, most of them imported from China, contain hidden and potentially harmful drugs. The agency plans to issue a longer list of brands to avoid that are spiked with drugs in the coming weeks, an FDA spokeswoman said.

In a continuing investigation, FDA (Rockville, MD) has determined that dozens of weight-loss supplements, most of them imported from China, contain hidden and potentially harmful drugs. The agency plans to issue a longer list of brands to avoid that are spiked with drugs in the coming weeks, an FDA spokeswoman said.

Late last year, FDA ruled that StarCaps, papaya-infused weight loss capsules promoted as natural dietary supplements, were potential health hazards. The capsules contained pharmaceutical drug, bumetanide.

So far, the FDA has cited 69 tainted weight-loss supplements.

An in-depth story can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/10/business/10pills.html?_r=1&hp

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