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Dietary supplement recalled after analysis finds dangerous hidden drug ingredient

Kingsway Trading Inc. is recalling its Well Balance Xanthium & Siler Combo (Bi Yan Pian) dietary supplement because it contains a hidden drug that has been banned from the U.S. market because it is linked to serious and sometimes fatal cardiovascular events. The recall affects Brooklyn, New York-based Kingsway’s Well Balance Xanthium & Siler Combo (Bi Yan Pian) supplements in 1.06 ounce (30g) bottles with Batch No. 130401 and Batch No. 150201. The item is packaged in a plastic brown bottle with a white cap. Each bottle contains 100 tablets, each tablet is 300 mg. The product was distributed to Massachusetts, ... Read More

Dietary supplement marketer gets 11 years in prison for selling dangerous pills

Dietary supplement marketer Chenhsin (Paul) Chan was sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison for selling dietary supplements containing an ingredient banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to health risks. In May 2016, Chan was convicted on 30 felony counts by a grand jury in Atlanta for selling dietary supplements online that contained ephedra alkaloids, an ingredient banned by the FDA in 2004 after studies showed the drug was linked to heart attacks and strokes. The jury also forfeited assets he purchased with funds from the crimes, including a $950,000 New York property, a Mercedes Benz, ... Read More

Dietary supplement marketer sentenced to prison for pushing dangerous diet pills

A man convicted in May 2016 on 30 felony counts involving the marketing of dietary supplements containing the dangerous drug ephedrine was sentence to 11 years and three months in prison. “Today’s sentence reflects the serious implications of distributing substances like ephedrine on the internet,” said U.S. Attorney John Horn. “Not only was he selling unsafe products, but he was marketing them online with false and misleading statements about their legality and efficacy.” Chensin Chan (aka Paul Chan), who sold the products under the company name The Wholesale Source, was convicted on 10 counts of mail fraud, 10 counts of ... Read More

The dangers of OTC diet pills

Natalie Penney wanted to drop a few pounds and went in search of a “quick fix” from dietary supplements. She found a product on the internet and assumed it was safe. But, what she ended up with was permanent heart damage. Penney bought a bottle of diet pills called T5, a so-called thermogenic fat burner still available for purchase on Amazon. Within two weeks, Penney had dropped 10 pounds. She looked great, but she wasn’t feeling great. The pills made her anxious, sweaty and unable to sleep. Hoping the side effects would fade out over time, Penney continued to take ... Read More

Dietary supplement maker convicted of unlawful sales of ephedrine

Dietary supplement owner Chenhsin Chan (aka Paul Chan) has been convicted on 30 felony counts of selling online dietary supplements that contain the banned drug ephedrine, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced. Chan, who sold the products under the company name The Wholesale Source LLC, was convicted on 10 counts of mail fraud, 10 counts of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce, five counts of knowingly distributing a listed chemical without obtaining the required registration, and five counts of money laundering. Chan, 44, generated more than $4.5 million in sales of dietary supplements containing ephedrine, but the jury forfeited assets ... Read More

Que She diet pills contain dangerous ingredients that can harm consumers

The herbal weight loss supplement Que She, advertised as “Slimming Factor Capsule” and as “an all-natural blend of Chinese herbs,” widely distributed on Internet sites such as the Bouncing Bear Botanicals website and at retail outlets such as Sacred Journey in Lawrence, Kansas, has been found to contain ingredients that can cause serious harm to consumers, according to an analysis conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The active pharmaceutical ingredients include fenfluramine, a stimulant drug withdrawn from the U.S. market in 1997 after studies demonstrated that it caused serious heart valve damage; propranolol, a prescription beta blocker drug ... Read More