Topic: diet drugs

FDA Cracks Down On Fraudulent Homeopathic hCG Diet Products

FDA Cracks Down On Fraudulent Homeopathic hCG Diet Products

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ordered companies to stop selling homeopathic hCG diet products. The pills, pellets and drops—diluted from pregnancy hormone hCG—are fraudulent and ineffective for weight loss, the agency said. It’s the latest in a series of FDA crackdowns on illegal weight-loss products—though previous efforts have mostly involved faux-’natural’ diet aids laced with unlisted (and often illegal) pharmaceuticals. The problem with the homeopathic hCG products—that they actually contain little to no trace of an active substance (in this case hCG)—is uncommon in the diet drug world, though typical of homeopathic remedies. More »

FDA: ‘Natural’ Weight-Loss Supplements Contain Banned Diet Drug Meridia

FDA: 'Natural' Weight-Loss Supplements Contain Banned Diet Drug Meridia

The Food and Drug Administration is warning against more than 20 brands of so-called ‘natural’ weight-loss pills which actually contain a banned prescription diet drug called Meridia (brand name) or sibutramine (generic). Meridia was pulled from the U.S. market in 2010 after studies showed it increased users’ risk of heart attacks and strokes. More »

‘Natural’ Diet Pills Contain Hidden (and Dangerous) Drugs

'Natural' Diet Pills Contain Hidden (and Dangerous) Drugs

Many popular weight-loss products claiming to boost metabolism or burn fat via the awesome power of natural medicine are actually chock-full of banned pharmaceuticals and other harmful substances, the New York Times reported yesterday. Apparently, today’s magic beans fall into two categories: Those that are nothing more than regular beans, and beans that are spiked with things that will kill you. More »

Orexigen’s New Diet Pill, Contrave, Nears FDA Approval

Orexigen's New Diet Pill, Contrave, Nears FDA Approval

Contrave, a new diet pill from the pharmaceutical company Orexigen, won a U.S. panel recommendation that brings it one step closer to winning FDA approval, which will be announced after the final vote on January 31. Despite associated cardiovascular risks, the drug is expected to win approval, which would make it the first new diet pill to come on the market in the last decade. More »