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Posted April 23, 2009

Recall of "Slimming" Supplements Spiked with Drug

On April 20, 2009 the U.S. FDA reported a nationwide recall of dietary supplements distributed by Universal ABC Beauty Supply International. FDA lab analyses of the dietary supplements distributed by the company showed them to contain undeclared Sibutramine (trade name Meridia), an FDA-approved drug used as an appetite suppressant for weight loss. These dietary supplements are not supposed to contain Sibutramine. The FDA has not approved these products, therefore the safety and effectiveness of these products is unknown.

FDA advises that these products pose a threat to consumers because Sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke. for more information and a full list of the 34 products covered by the recall is found at the FDA page linked to below.