Weight loss, muscle building, and sexual enhancement are the three big areas of the supplement industry that seem to attract marketers trying to make a lot of money and quickly. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is consistently finding those areas attract all sorts of bogus products and producers. In the latest crackdown, the FDA and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have sent seven Warning Letters to companies making “homeopathic” weight loss products. The products claim to contain human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) which is found in the urine of pregnant women and in human placenta. It is approved as a prescription drug for some types of female infertility.
The letters say there are no FDA-approved uses of HCG for weight loss, according to a story by Consumer Affairs, and that it is against the law to sell the drug over-the-counter and to make unfounded claims.
The product makers claim that someone can lose 20 to 30 pounds in 30 to 40 days as the pills “reset your metabolism,” reports USA Today.
According to an FTC spokesman, there are no competent and reliable scientific studies, which consumers need to make informed decisions, that back up the advertised claims. Even the supplement industry doesn’t support the homeopathic claims for these weight loss products as the supplements don’t meet the criteria for either vitamins or homeopathy.
Unfortunately, these marketers know that even if they sell the drug for a short while, they can make thousands of dollars after a marketing blitz. The downside for consumers is that taking the drugs along with a restricted calorie diet can lead to gallstones, says the FDA.
The companies who received the letters have 15 days to announce the corrective plans they will take to correct the violations or face seizure of product and even criminal prosecution, though that rarely happens. If you or a loved one has been injured or suffered health problems due to a defective product, the product liability lawyers in Florida with Farah & Farah can help hold negligent manufacturers and producers legally accountable. For a free consultation, please call (800) 670-1464.
Source: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2011/12/homeopathic-hcg-weight-loss-products-may-be-banned.html; http://yourlife.usatoday.com/fitness-food/diet-nutrition/story/2011-12-06/Feds-crack-down-on-homeopathic-weight-loss-remedy/51673962/1