Posted October 22, 2014

Supplements Recalled Years Ago Remain on the Market, Still Contain Hidden Drugs

On October 21, 2014, a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) revealed that almost 10% of the supplements that have been recalled over the past few years are still on the market - and many still contain the hidden drugs which prompted their initial recall.

Of 274 supplements recalled between 2009 and 2012, researchers found 27 were available for purchase online as late as 2013. Among these, approximately 67% were found to contain one or more pharmaceutical drugs, typically the same drug they contained at the time of recall, and in some cases, additional drugs.

Eighty-five percent of the sports enhancement supplements tested by the researchers were still adulterated with drugs like anabolic steroids (see Warnings for supplements found to contain steroids). Sixty-seven percent of the weight loss supplements tested contained drugs such as the banned weight loss drug sibutramine or the prescription antidepressant fluoxetine (see Warnings for supplements found to contain sibutramine or fluoxetine). Twenty percent of the sexual enhancement supplements contained prescription medications like sildenafil (see Warnings for supplements found to contain sildenafil or similar drugs).

See's Reviews of Muscle Enhancer Supplements, Weight Loss Supplements and Sexual Enhancer Supplements for tests of related products.

See Related Warnings:

Two Weight Loss Supplements Found to Contain Drugs

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

Muscle Growth Supplement Linked with Liver Failure

Ingredient In Workout Supplements May Be Unsafe, FDA Warns

Vitamin B, Vitamin C and Multimineral Supplements Recalled Due To Anabolic Steroid Risk

B Vitamin Supplement Found To Contain Anabolic Steroids

Safety of Certain Weight Loss and Bodybuilding Supplements Called Into Question

Sexual Enhancement Supplement Found to Contain Hidden Drug

Sexual Enhancement Supplement Found To Contain Multiple Drugs

Two Sexual Enhancement Supplements Found To Contain Undeclared Drugs

Another Sexual Enhancement Supplement Recalled Due To Undeclared Drugs

To read the report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, use the link below.