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Public Citizen takes aim at diet pills Alli, Xenical

The consumer watchdog group that nearly four decades ago first warned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the painkiller Darvocet should be banned from the market because it was killing people, has taken aim at a diet pill. Public Citizen has petitioned the FDA to take a closer look at side effects caused by orlistate, the weight loss drug sold over-the-counter under the brand name Alli and by prescription in higher doses under the name Xenical. The group says it pored through the FDA’s public database of serious side effects to drugs and identified 47 cases of acute pancreatitis ... Read More

Lap-Band weight loss procedure fares poorly in new study

Many people who had the Lap-Band procedure for weight loss have needed follow up surgery and have suffered from complications, according to a new study from Belgium. The Lap-Band is a device that is placed around the upper part of the stomach, creating a pouch, or smaller stomach space, making patients feel full and, ideally, helping them lose weight easier. The system was originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2001, but had been approved in other countries as early as 1993. More than 600,000 Lap-Band procedures have been performed. The study, conducted by researchers at St. ... Read More

FDA approves COPD drug despite potential risk for cancer, suicidality

A new drug to prevent exacerbations of COPD has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) even though an FDA advisory committee voted not to recommend the approval for the drug because its “modest” benefits were outweighed by serious side effects including the potential for cancer and psychiatric events including suicide. Phosphodiesterase-4 inhibitor roflumilast (Daliresp) was voted down 10-5 by the FDA’s Pulmonary-Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee a year ago based on clinical studies that showed 14 percent of patients discontinued the drug because of problems ranging from weight loss, diarrhea, and nausea. What raised the biggest red flags ... 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

FDA rejects new diabetes, weight loss drugs

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejected eight new pharmaceuticals, including drugs to treat two conditions where only a limited number of medications are available – diabetes and obesity. U.S. drug regulators rejected Biodel’s Linjeta, a fast-acting insulin, citing insufficient data. The agency said in order for the drug to be considered for approval again, two new clinical studies, one each in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics, would have to be submitted. The FDA also had questions about how Linjeta was manufactured. The agency also turned down Amylin Pharmaceuticals’ diabetes drug, a once-weekly injectable version of Bydureon (exenatide), requesting ... Read More

FDA warns consumers about dangerous weight loss supplement

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public about Solo Slim and Solo Slim Extra Strength, more dietary supplements that contain the undeclared drug ingredient Didesmethyl Sibutramine, an FDA-approved drug used as an appetite suppressant for weight loss that can cause serious health complications in some people, including life-threatening cardiovascular events. In April, the FDA issued a warning to consumers about 34 weight loss supplements that all contained sibutramine. Sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients, and may present significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive ... 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