December 21, 2011 - The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered a number of ‘dietary supplement’ manufacturers to stop selling an untested weight loss drug that contains protien from the human placenta. Earlier this month, the FDA sent warning letters to seven different companies that market the supplements as drops, pellets and sprays. While human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is approved for certain infertility indications, the administration says there is no evidence it helps reduce weight.
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What’s the problem?
Many of the dietary supplements named in the FDA warning letters claim to cure overeating, and are allegedly designed to help people lose up to 30 pounds a month when used in combination with an ultra low-calorie diet (usually around 500 calories a day). Federal health regulators have stated that such restrictive diets can be dangerous.
"These products are marketed with incredible claims and people think that if they're losing weight, HCG must be working," said Elizabeth Miller, of FDA's division for non-prescription drugs and health fraud, in a statement. "But the data simply does not support this — any loss is from severe calorie restriction. Not from the HCG."
These supplements are marketed as highly diluted homeopathic remedies that are made with natural ingredients. The majority of the medical community views homeopathic remedies as ineffective and relatively harmless, due to the fact that the active ingredients in them are present in extremely small amounts.
But according to the FDA, the products targeted in the warning letters could be hazardous when taken as directed.
Homeopathic medicine is based on unverified, pseudoscientific principles which often reference such vague concepts as ‘vital force’ and ‘healing energy.’
While the regulation of homeopathic supplements is minimal, the FDA maintains a list of approved ingredients that can be used in this class of products. Human chorionic gonadotropin is not among the approved ingredients.
The manufacturers warned by the FDA have 15 days to respond and state how they plan to recall their products from the marketplace. Failure to do so may result in legal action, seizure, injunction, and/or criminal prosecution.
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