FDA yanks more diet pills for undeclared drugs

April 3rd, 2009  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  3 Comments

I guess the upside here is that diet pills really do work — because they’re full of crank, happy drugs, and laxatives.

BTW, the FDA in its bureaucratic wisdom usually pulls things after they’ve caused a problem; they don’t generally review things before. ‘Cause that would be, like, socialist.

The FDA has expanded its recall of weight-loss products that contain undeclared, active ingredients including antidepressants and diuretics.

The expanded recall now includes 72 products, some of which were found to contain active ingredients “in amounts that greatly exceed recommended dosages,” according to Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Food Evaluation and Research (see list below).

The active ingredients found in the drugs include sibutramine, fenproporex, fluoxetine, bumetanide, furosemide, rimonabant, cetilistat, phenytoin, and phenolphthalein.

Full list


  1. philip says:

    April 5th, 2009at 12:10 pm(#)

    That’s not true about the FDA. The FDA is required to regulate prescription drugs, among other things, and test them for safety before they go on the market. It’s a long drawn-out procedure. But they are not required to test things that aren’t classified as drugs, i.e., supplements. This was a victory of the “Republican Revolution” of the mid-90’s, one that allowed the growth of the supplement business to its current levels.

    I’m not saying that the FDA is right not to regulate supplements. They ought to exactly because of the weird stuff that winds up in supplements. But the reason they do not has nothing to do with their bureaucratic wisdom, but with the wisdom of the congressmen who were driven by a combination of ideological zeal (“less government is always better”) and possibly Big Pharm dollars.

  2. Trishy says:

    April 7th, 2009at 2:39 pm(#)

    Saying that the ineptitude of a government agency is the government’s fault is sort of redundant — the government determines who leads the FDA, the agency’s funding, how much regulatory power it possesses, etc. I think the main point is that right now, the FDA is an understaffed, underfunded, essentially defunct organization that has continuously failed at protecting the public health. This will likely change in the future since our current administration recognizes the importance of restoring some kind of efficiency and integrity to the agency, but at this moment, “FDA-approved” does unfortunately not necessarily mean something is safe to consume. And even more importantly, many people do not even realize that just because something is on a store shelf does not necessarily mean that someone has tested it for safety.

  3. Lola says:

    April 10th, 2009at 11:12 am(#)

    Unregulated supplements are a huge problem. However, most people seem to be against the regulation of them, at least up here in Canada. The government tried to introduce Bill C-51, which would put cosmetics, supplements and natural health products under the some of the same scrutiny as prescribed medication. People here (at least in Vancouver) were outraged and generally opposed to it, saying that it would take away their freedom of choice, and started spouting all sorts of nonsense, like, “Bill C-51 means the government will outlaw chamomile tea!”, when it actuality the bill pretty much proposed that what you sold needed to contain the ingredients it claimed, and that it did what it claimed. Obviously, numerous natural health practitioners and the alt-med lobby were opposed to this, since that would mean they would need some evidence for their claims. The horror!

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