Reumofan Plus Lawsuit

June 4, 2012 — Reumofan Plus, a Mexican dietary supplement popularly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other serious conditions, is being recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Mexican health authorities because it contains pharmaceutical drugs. Experts are warning that this supplement is not “100% natural,” as the label claims, but actually contains drugs that could be dangerous, cause serious injury, or death.

 

The FDA conducted a laboratory analysis of the ingredients in Reumofan Plus after receiving numerous adverse event reports. The reports suggested that the product contained some type of drug. The analysis revealed the following synthetic drugs:

  • Diclofenac sodium: This ingredient is an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) that may reduce inflammation, but also increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, and gastrointestinal events which include ulcers, holes in the stomach or intestine, and bleeding.
  • Methonocarbamol: This ingredient is a prescription muscle-relaxant. Side effects of this ingredient include sedation, tiredness, dizziness, low blood pressure, and impaired ability to drive a car or operate heavy machinery.
  • Dexamethasone: When Mexican health authorities analyzed the ingredients in Reumofan Plus, they discovered dexamethasone in some lots of the product. This ingredient is an anti-inflammatory that also suppresses the immune system.

The FDA is warning about serious adverse events that could be caused by Relafen Plus. The agency has already received one report from a doctor who linked the drug to kidney impairment. Suddenly stopping Relafen Plus after using it for a long time could also cause fatigue, nausea, dizziness, fainting, fever, muscle and joint pain, low blood pressure, and more.

Furthermore, the drugs in Relafen Plus could interact with other medications and cause serious injury or death.

Health authorities are now warning doctors to ask their patients if they are taking Relafen Plus or other dietary supplements. Patients are advised to tell their doctor before taking any dietary supplement. The FDA is not able to conduct laboratory tests of all dietary supplements sold in the United States, and so it is possible that there are more on the market that contain pharmaceutical drugs. By law, it is illegal for a dietary supplement manufacturer to use drugs as an ingredient, but this occasionally occurs.

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