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Supplement manufacturer receives FDA warning letter

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cracking down on dietary supplement manufacturer TruVision Health LLC, for claiming that some of its products can cure, treat or prevent disease, a clear violation of federal law. By making these claims, these products are considered unapproved and misbranded drugs under the law. The FDA singled out the followig supplements: truWeight & Energy Gen 2, for claiming to lessen muscle pain and combat mild depression; Ubiquinol, promoted to reduce “bad” cholesterol; Omega 3, for helping reduce inflammation; reNU, touted to treat constipation; TruElevate, as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease; and Pycnogenol, as a ... Read More

Dangerous ingredient DNP turning up in diet pills

Diet pills containing 2, 4 dinitrophenol (DNP) are making a comeback, and their promise to “burn” fat may be a little too literal. DNP works by making the mitochondria in cells less effective at generating energy. Weight loss occurs when consumed food turns into “waste,” or heat rather than energy or fat. This increases body temperature. For some, temperatures rise so high that users literally burn from the inside out. DNP has been banned in the U.S. since 1938 because it was causing users to suffer serious side effects like cataracts, skin lesions, hyperthermia, brain damage and even death. But ... Read More

Feds raid bodybuilding supplement manufacturing plant

Buffed up former bankruptcy lawyer, online personality, and owner and operator of Enhanced Athlete Inc., Charles Anthony Hughes, a.k.a. Dr. Tony Huge, drew more than 100,000 followers on his YouTube channel where he touted the benefits of SARMs (selective androgen receptor modulators) like ostarine. “I use them all the time in mega doses, and I’m huge,” one of his videos claimed. But recently, his company’s California facility was raided by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as part of its crack down on dietary supplement makers that peddle SARMs, calling them unapproved drugs that have been linked to life threatening ... Read More

Supplement maker hit with lengthy FDA warning letter

In a lengthy warning letter to Professional Botanicals Inc., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accused the dietary supplement maker of manufacturing adulterated products, questionable marketing claims, and inadequate manufacturing practices. The FDA did acknowledge that the company removed its “search banner” on its website that allowed customers to search for supplements based on disease, as well as its product detail sheets. But the language on the labels of some of its products are evidence that that supplements are intended to cure, treat, mitigate or prevent disease – a clear violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Some ... Read More

Consumers deceived by diet pill maker to receive refunds

Nearly a half million people conned by a brand of diet pills will receive part of an $8 million refund from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) following the government’s settlement with dietary supplement maker Sale Slash LLC and its partners. Each recipient will receive a check averaging $18.24. In 2015, the FTC had charged the Glendale, California, company with deceptively using millions of illegal spam email, making fake and baseless weight-loss claims, and using unauthorized celebrity endorsements from people like Oprah, to market unproven weight loss supplements touted to contain White Kidney Bean Extract and Pure Forskolin Extract. Under the order, ... Read More

Hidden drugs found in Blue Pearl male enhancement supplements

Marmex Corp., is recalling all lots of Blue Pearl All Natural Male Enhancement Supplement after a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analysis found the product to contain hidden amounts of sildenafil, a drug that could pose a risk to some consumers. Sildenafil is the active pharmaceutical ingredient in the FDA-approved erectile dysfunction drug Viagra. The drug may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs, like nitroglycerin, and lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. People with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates and may be more likely to suffer ill effects after using this ... Read More

FDA warns makers, distributors of ‘chocolate snuff’

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning marketers and distributors of “snortable” chocolate powder, calling the products misbranded, unapproved new drugs. The warning letters targeted Legal Lean Syrup and Coco Loko, the safety labels of which the agency says “demonstrate that the products are intended to be used as alternatives to illicit street drugs.” The way the drugs are labeled and marketed raises safety concerns, the agency said, because they encourage drug abuse in individuals, including minors. “As a physician and a parent, I’m deeply troubled by the unlawful marketing of these potentially dangerous products, especially since they are ... Read More

Supplement maker accused of deceiving customers

A dietary supplement maker and its owner have agreed to stop deceiving customers with two of its products promoted to treat a variety of ailments from arthritis to memory loss, in order to settle charges brought by Maine’s attorney general and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Health Research Laboratories LLC and its owner, Kramer Duhon, were accused by Attorney General Janet Mills and the FTC of using “false advertising, fake experts, and unauthorized charges” to push sales of their BioTherapex and NeuroPlus supplements to “vulnerable people with serious health concerns.” BioTherapex was promoted as a supplement that could target the liver ... Read More

Asian Slim diet pills contain several hidden drugs

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning about another diet pill that contains hidden drugs that carry serious health risks. Asian Slim Capsules were identified by the FDA during an examination of international mail shipments. A laboratory analysis confirmed that the dietary supplements contain sibutramine, diazepam and bisacodyl. Sibutramine is a controlled substance that was removed from the U.S. market in October 2010 because it can increase blood pressure and/or heart rate in some people. The drug poses a significant risk to people with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke. It may also ... Read More

Supplement makers barred from making future false claims

Three dietary supplement makers and their owners have settled with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges that they deceptively marketed and sold dietary supplements touted to treat a variety of ailments from the common cold to cancer and HIV/AIDS. As part of their settlement agreement, the companies and owners are barred from making similar misrepresentations in the future, and were ordered to pay more than $1.3 million in penalties, “which will be partially suspended upon payment of $29,030, due to the defendants’ inability to pay,” the FTC said in a media release. The FTC complaint names defendants NextGen Nutritionals, ... Read More