FDA Recalls Diet Pills with Undeclared SibutramineOctober 11, 2013 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recalled a group of diet pills that contain undeclared ingredients with severe side effects. All of the pills contain sibutramine, which was marketed under the brand-name Meridia until 2010, when it was linked to a 16% increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and death.

 

The FDA withdrew sibutramine from the market and issued a Drug Safety Communication to alert consumers about the risk. They have also provided a resource that lists diet pills that have recently been recalled. The FDA warned about severe, life-threatening side effects of sibutramine:

“Sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and can present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke.  This product can also interact in life-threatening ways with other medications a consumer may be taking.”

Many of the diet pills also contained a laxative called phenolphthalein, which was withdrawn form the market in 1999, when the FDA warned that it is “not generally recognized as safe and effective.”

Recalled diet pills include:

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