Posted April 18, 2014

Weight Loss Supplement Recalled

On April 9, 2014, Nature's Universe issued a voluntary recall of all lots of Thinogenics weight loss capsules sold prior to February 6, 2014 because they were found to contain sibutramine.

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.

Recalled Thinogenics is packaged in 30- capsule bottles was promoted for weight loss. It was distributed worldwide to customers through internet sales and through Nature's Universe websites, including www.shopnaturesuniverse.com and www.easy2loseweight.com.

Note:This recall does not affect Thinogenics products sold by Nature's Universe after February 13, 2014, which were reformulated and do not contain sibutramine. The newly formulated Thinogenics can be distinguished from the old, recalled lots because each bottle of the new formula is packaged in bottles containing 45 capsules rather than bottles containing 30 (see labels for the recalled and new formula here.)

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 Review of Weight Loss Supplements for tests of related products.)

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