Posted February 15, 2013

FDA Seizes Weight Loss Supplements Containing Undeclared Drug

On Feb. 14, 2013, U.S. Marshals acting on behalf of the FDA seized weight loss supplements from Globe All Wellness, LLC which were found to contain the undeclared drug sibutramine hydrochloride.

The dietary supplements which were seized include various lots of SlimXtreme, SlimXtreme Gold, SlimPlus, SlimLee, GelSlim, SlimDrops, and Colonew.

Sibutramine, the active ingredient in the obesity drug Meridia, was removed from the U.S. market in October 2010 because it can substantially increase blood pressure and pulse rate in some individuals, and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke.

Director of the FDA's Office of Compliance, Howard Sklamberg, stated in the FDA's news release about the seizure,"Companies that distribute products containing undisclosed drugs are not only breaking the law, they are putting consumers at risk."

Globe All Wellness also made drug claims about some of its dietary supplements, promoting them for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, in addition to weight loss. The company was warned by the FDA in February 2012 when it was discovered that SlimXtreme and another supplement, ViaXtreme Ultimate Sexual Enhancer Dietary Supplement for Men, contained sibutramine.

Consumers who have purchased any of the supplements listed above should discontinue use and contact their healthcare provider if they have experienced any adverse side effects. Consumers and healthcare providers are also encouraged to report any adverse reactions to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program.

See ConsumerLab.com's Review Article on Weight Loss Aids for more information and Reviews of Weight Loss Supplements and Sexual Enhancer Supplements for tests of related products.

See Related Warnings:

Rx Drugs Found in Weight Loss and Enhancement Supplements

Recall of "Slimming" Supplements Spiked with Drug

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