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Posted March 27, 2014

Bee Pollen and Weight Loss Supplements Recalled

On March 26, 2014, Pure Edge Nutrition, LLC issued a voluntary recall of Bella Vi Insane Bee Pollen Capsules, Bella Vi BTrim Ultimate Boost, Bella Vi BTrim Max, Bella Vi Extreme Accelerator, Bella Vi Insane Amp'd, and two lots of Bella Vi Amp'd Up because they were found to contain sibutramine, phenolphthalein or a combination of both drugs.

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. This drug may also interact, in life-threatening ways, with other medications a consumer may be taking.

Phenolphthalein, once an ingredient in some over-the-counter laxative products, was reclassified by the FDA in 1999 as "not generally recognized as safe and effective."

The recalled supplements were promoted for weight loss and sold nationwide to distributors and consumers. They can be identified by the following:

  • Bella Vi Insane Bee Pollen Capsules, Lot # 201303 EXP: 14/03/07
  • Bella Vi BTrim Max, Lot # BTX13 EXP: 2015/08/15
  • Bella Vi BTrim Ultimate Boost, Lot # BTRM3452 EXP: 2015/07/03
  • Bella Vi Extreme Accelerator, Lot # BTRX7654 EXP: 2015/07/08
  • Bella Vi Insane Amp'd, Lot # VINA2013 EXP: 2015/06/12
  • Bella Vi Amp'd Up, Lot # AU2013AB EXP: 2015/05/20

Consumers who have purchased these supplements should discontinue use immediately 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 Reviews of Weight Loss Supplements for tests of related products.)

See Related Warnings:

Weight Loss Supplement Contains Undeclared Drug

Weight Loss Supplement Recall Expanded to Include Additional Products

Weight Loss Supplement Containing Drug Recalled

FDA Warns Consumers Of Weight Loss Supplement Containing Undeclared Drug

Weight Loss Supplement Recalled Due To Undeclared Drug

FDA Seizes Weight Loss Supplements Containing Undeclared Drug

Rx Drugs Found in Weight Loss and Enhancement Supplements

Recall of "Slimming" Supplements Spiked with Drug

For more about this recall, use the link below.