FDA Comes Down Heavily on Illegal Supplements

  • Date: December 29, 2010
  • Source: Admin
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The FDA has urged consumers who have experienced negative side-effects from such products, to stop using them and seek help from health care professionals. It has warned companies selling illegal products and conveyed through the supplement industry that manufacturers distributing tainted products could face criminal prosecution. The industry has supported the FDA crackdown because spiking of supplements also undermines its members, genuine manufacturers and retailers.
FDA is targeting:
  • Weight loss products containing sibutramine, which has been withdrawn from the market for causing increased risk of heart attack and stroke. (Slimming Beauty, Solo Slim , Slim-30 , etc contain this ingredient)
  • Body building products containing anabolic steroids or steroid analogs. (Supplements like Tren Xtreme, ArimaDex, and Clomed contain these products, according to the label)
  • Sexual enhancement products that include ingredients similar to the approved prescription drugs, Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra.  (Vigor-25, Duro Extend Capsules for Men, and Magic Power Coffee violated federal law)
The Prescription Drug Marketing Act (PDMA) of 1987 is a US federal law. The FDA issued regulations implementing the PDMA in 1990 and 1999. It establishes legal safeguards for prescription drug distribution to ensure safe and effective pharmaceuticals and discourages the sale of counterfeit, adulterated, misbranded, sub-potent, and expired prescription drugs. The agency can pursue action through the Department of Justice in the federal court system to remove adulterated and misbranded drugs from the market.


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