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Public Citizen raised flags about Darvocet, now warns of Alli, Xenical

Consumer watchdog group Public Citizen was the first to raise concerns about the safety of propoxyphene, the active ingredient in the brand-name drugs Darvocet and Darvon. The group petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) twice since the prescription painkiller was introduced more than 50 years ago. Public Citizen claimed the drug had a sketchy track record for efficacy and that patients were needlessly dying from accidental overdoses while taking the drug. The FDA opted to keep propoxyphene-containing drugs on the market, but did agree to put stronger warnings on the product’s safety label. Still, Public Citizen urged, it was ... Read More

FDA warns of dangerous dietary supplement, weight loss pills

Those who have weight loss on their New Year’s resolutions list should be wary of dietary supplements sold over-the-counter at retail stores and online that claim they can help. These supplements may contain ingredients that can be dangerous and even deadly. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued multiple warnings this year about dietary supplements that were found to contain the undeclared controlled substance sibutramine. Sold under the brand name Meridia, sibutramine was pulled from the market in October 2010 because of serious health risks. Sibutramine is a centrally acting serotinin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor structurally related to amphetamines. It is known ... Read More