More over-the-counter diet pills are being recalled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for containing undeclared ingredients that pose a serious health risk to consumers. Bee Extremely Amazed LLC is recalling 14 brands of diet pills after testing by federal authorities found the pills to contain ingredients such as sibutramine and/or phenolphthalein.
Sibutramine was the active drug ingredient in the prescription weight loss treatment Meridia. The drug was pulled from the market in 2010 because it was linked to serious health risks including substantial increases in blood sugar and/or pulse rate. This may pose a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke.
Phenolphtalein is an ingredient that was used in over-the-counter laxatives but was discontinued after the drug was found to be carcinogenic. Adverse events associated with phenolphthalein include gastrointestinal disturbances, irregular heartbeat, and cancer with long-term use.
All lots of the following products marketed for weight loss are being recalled:
- Asset Bold Manufactured for Asset Descor 500 mg 60 capsules per bottle-color-red
- Asset Extreme Plus Manufactured for Asset Descor 500 mg 30 capsules per bottle-color-red and yellow
- Evolve Manufactured for 2637 E. Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach, Florida 33062 250 mg per capsule 60 capsules per bottle-color-green and white
- Infinity Manufactured for Floyd Nutrition 500 mg 30 capsules per bottle-color-red
- Jenesis Manufactured for Timeless Solutions 1810 E. Sahara Ave #100 Las Vegas, Nevada 89104 350 mg per capsule 60 capsules per bottle-color-blue
- La Trim Plus Manufactured for: MWN Health 37 N Orange Ave Suite 500 Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 930-4043 350 mg 60 Capsules
- Oasis Manufactured for MWN Health 37 N. Orange Ave Suite 500 Orlando, Fl, 32801 500 mg per capsule, 45 capsules per bottle-color-red
- Prime Manufactured for Zagonfly 3129 25th St #392 Columbus, Indiana 47203 500 mg per capsule, 60 capsules per bottle-color-red
- SlimeX-15 Manufactured in India by: HAB Pharmaceuticals & Research Limited 10-Pharma City, SIDCU?L, Selaqui, Dehradun, 248 197 15 mg 30 capsules per bottle–color-orange
- Slim Trim U Manufactured for Floyd Nutrition 250 mg 60 capsules per bottle-color-green and white
- Ultimate Formula Manufactured for Zi Xiu Tang 250 mg 48 capsules per bottle-color-green and white
- Xcel Manufactured for JNS Health 60 capsules per bottle-color-silver
- Xcel Advanced Manufactured for JNS Health 350 mg 60 capsules per bottle-color-gold
- Zi Xiu Tang 250 mg 60 capsules per bottle-color-green and white
In December, the FDA issued similar warnings for Smart Lipo, Pink Bikini and Lipo Escultra – all weight loss products sold over-the-counter as dietary supplements at retail stores and via the internet.
Consumers who have taken these products and experienced any health issues should contact their doctors. Any side effects should be reported to the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program at www.FDA.gov/MedWatch/Report.htm.