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Posted November 6, 2012

Recall of "Bee Pollen" Supplement Found to Contain Drug

On October 24, 2012, Zi Xiu Tang Success, LLC issued a voluntary recall of Classic Zi Xiu Tang Bee Pollen Capsules and Ultimate Formula Capsules because the supplements contain the undeclared drug sibutramine. On the same day, the FDA warned consumers not to take Zi Xiu Tang Bee Pollen Capsules because the agency had confirmed the presence of the undeclared drug.

Sibutramine is a controlled substance which was removed from the prescription drug market in 2010 due to the potential for life-threatening side-effects and interactions with other medications. This substance can increase blood pressure and pulse rate, and may present a significant risk for individuals with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure and arrhythmias.

Both supplements were distributed nationwide to consumers and distributors from May 1, 2012 to October 17, 2012.

Consumers who have purchased this product should stop taking it immediately and consult their healthcare provider if they have any concerns or experience any side-effects.

Consumers and their healthcare providers are encouraged to report adverse events to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.

See's Review of Weight Loss Supplements for tests of related products.

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