There are a tremendous number of diet and weight loss supplements available, particularly over the internet, which makes it possible for scammers to be able to reach a very large population. The FDA has released a statement that has cautioned consumers against these fraudulent diet supplements as they seek to shed their extra weight more quickly and easily.
Although there are some very good nonprescription weight loss pills currently available, it can be difficult to tell which ones they are when compared to the strategically marketed fraudulent diet supplements that have no way of living up to their claims – or that might even cause serious harm. This, according to a statement from the federal regulators that have found hundreds of different products that had been marketed as weight loss supplements but that actually contain hidden banned, controlled, or prescription-only substances.
According to the FDA’s Division of New Drugs and Labeling Compliance director, Michael Levy, “These products are not legal dietary supplements,” adding that “They are actually very powerful drugs masquerading as ‘all-natural’ or ‘herbal’ supplements, and they carry significant risks to unsuspecting consumers.”
The FDA has seen reports of very dangerous reactions to some of these pills, and has even had reports of a number of deaths due to their use. “They can kill you,” said Levy.
Some of the most common scam drugs are laced with sibutramine, a prescription drug ingredient. That ingredient was once found in the prescription drug called Meridia, which was once an FDA approved diet drug but that was taken down from the market in October 2010 due to associated health issues from its use, such as strokes and heart problems.
There have been other prescription drugs, banned substances, and chemicals that have never been adequately tested on humans found in some products, as well. Everything from seizure drugs to blood pressure medications have been discovered in certain fraudulent products that have been stopped by the FDA.
This caution from the FDA should be seen as an important warning to nonprescription diet pill users, to make sure that they are purchasing products that are what their manufacturers say they are, and that their manufacturers are reputable ones. They caution dieters not to choose products that promise unbelievably fast weight loss such as “lose 10 pounds in one week” or that have labels or marketing in a foreign language. It’s a very good idea to speak with your doctor before starting the use of a nonprescription diet pill, or to do your homework and read up on the product, its ingredients, and its claims. This will help you avoid any fraudulent diet supplements that you come across.