Posted November 9, 2012

FDA Warns Consumers of Two Weight Loss Supplements Containing a Drug

On November 8, 2012, the FDA warned consumers not to buy or use weight loss supplements Beautiful Body Slim and Japan Hokkaido Slimming Weight Loss Pills after FDA testing found these products contain the drug sibutramine.

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.

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.

Beautiful Body Slim may have been sold in retail stores and online on various websites, including www.houseofmonet.com. (Click here to see the FDA’s consumer warning about this product).

Japan Hokkaido Slimming Weight Loss Pills may have been sold in retail stores and on various websites including www.ebay.com. (Click here or use the link below to see the FDA’s consumer warning about this product.)

See ConsumerLab.com’s Review of Weight Loss Supplements for tests of related products.