Weight Loss HealthAs we've reported often on our weight loss blog, FDA warnings on over-the-counter weight loss gimmicks should be taken very seriously. Most if not all of these items have never been clinically proven or tested as safe OR effective! Furthermore, the FDA clearly warns on their website:
“FDA has identified an emerging trend where over-the-counter products, frequently represented as dietary supplements, contain hidden active ingredients that could be harmful. Consumers may unknowingly take products laced with varying quantities of approved prescription drug ingredients, controlled substances, and untested and unstudied pharmaceutically active ingredients. These deceptive products can harm you! Hidden ingredients are increasingly becoming a problem in products promoted for weight loss.
If not harmful if nothing else they're just not helpful: "economic fraud" says FDA's health fraud leader, as reported in USA Today.
FDA Warnings on OTC Weight Loss Pills
Overall, however, an extensive list of FDA warnings on fake over-the-counter weight loss pills read like a rap sheet of all the fad pills you've ever read about; Just a few of the dozens of warnings and recall notices on FDA.gov:
- FDA warns consumers not to use Fruta Planta weight loss products
- Acai Berry Soft Gel Contains Undeclared Drug Ingredient
- Warning: Counterfeit Alli
- Slender Slim Contains Undeclared Drug Ingredient
- Hoodia Contains Undeclared Drug Ingredient