Too often, consumers are hit with problems linked to products they consume regularly long before the manufacturer or distributor launches a recall.
In many cases, health-related consequences are reported, and companies will avoid launching recalls. Until federal regulators come knocking. But in other cases, companies cooperate with the authorities and launch recalls promptly. Hopefully, more and more companies will make sure their products are safe for consumption and use.
The latest recall launched with the help of the US Food and Drug Administration indicates that several weight loss supplements are being recalled due to the presence of an ingredient that could expose consumers to potential health issues.
The official report published by the regulator indicates that all lots of Pink Bikini and Shorts on the Beach capsules are being recalled. All colors are impacted.
FDA reports that the products, which were produced by Lucy’s Weight Loss System, are being recalled because they contain an active pharmaceutical ingredient that is not declared on the product’s label.
The recall was launched after the FDA analyzed the capsules. Health officials found that the white, blue, and gold capsules sold as Pink Bikini, as well as the blue and gold capsules sold as Shorts on the Beach come with Sibutramine, Phenolphthalein, and/or Diclofenac.
These ingredients are not listed by the company as an active ingredient on the products’ labels.
Sibutramine, the FDA reported, is tied to risks of blood pressure or pulse rate increase. Patients with a history of coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, stroke, or congestive heart failure may be more vulnerable.
Phenophthalein has been banned from the US market due to carcinogenicity concerns. Consumers exposed to the ingredient may also experience some gastrointestinal disturbances and irregular heartbeat as well.
Diclofenac is an ingredient listed as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Patients already taking these types of drugs may be exposed to health-related issues. Patients with a history of allergies, cardiac bypass surgery, or other underlying illnesses may experience heart attacks, a stroke, or gastrointestinal problems.
The company has decided to urge consumers with the products in their possession to stop consuming the dietary supplements immediately. Since the presence of undeclared ingredients that may expose consumers to health issues makes these products part of the list of unapproved drugs by the FDA, consumers should stop using the items immediately.
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