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Posted November 21, 2014

Weight Loss Supplements Recalled

On November 19, 2014, REFA Enterprises, LLC issued a voluntary recall of one lot each of Forever Beautiful Bee Pollen and Forever Beautiful Infinity because they were found to contain sibutramine or a combination of sibutramine and phenolphthalein.

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."

Recalled Forever Beautiful Bee Pollen and Forever Beautiful Infinity supplements are promoted for weight loss. Both are packaged in bottles containing 60 capsules and were sold nationwide via the internet between July 7, 2014 and November 3, 2014. They can be identified by the following:

  • Forever Beautiful Bee Pollen, UPC # 6333090804632
  • Forever Beautiful Infinity, UPC # 633090804649

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.

In June 2014, the FDA warned consumers of a number of other bee pollen products for weight loss which were found to contain the same drugs.

See ConsumerLab.com's Reviews of Weight Loss Supplements for tests of related products.

See Related Warnings:

FDA Warns Some Bee Pollen Products for Weight Loss Are Dangerous

Bee Pollen and Weight Loss Supplements Recalled

FDA Warns Consumers Not To Buy Or Use Weight Loss Supplement

Recall of "Bee Pollen" Supplement Found to Contain Drug

FDA Warns Consumers of Weight Loss and Body Reshaping Supplements Containing Controlled Substance

To read the FDA's warning, use the link below.