June 30, 2014 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning healthcare professionals not to use injectable vitamin products sold by Medical Supply Liquidators, LLC, with “Sunshine Labs” on the label.
Although no adverse events have been linked to the products, they are not allowed on the market because they are not approved by the FDA and safety officials cannot be assured of their safety, quality, or effectiveness.
The products were manufactured in the Dominican Republic by Compound Brother Dominicana (also known as CB Inc.). Products affected by the recall include Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, BCAA, MIC, Super MIC B Complex, Lipo 8, G.A.C., L-Carnitine, B-Complex, and Gluthathione. Click here to see a complete list of recalled products.
In recent years, many weight-loss clinics have been pushing Vitamin B12 shots as a better, cheaper, and safer method of losing weight than surgery. Advocates of this therapy claim that B12 helps boost energy levels and metabolism, which helps burn off excess pounds.
However, critics say that unless you have a B12 deficiency, injections are unlikely to boost energy levels. Furthermore, as this recall demonstrates, manufacturers sometimes sell products that are not evaluated for safety.
Patients who receive a contaminated injections could potentially lead to life-threatening infections. Even if the injection is not contaminated with bacteria or other substances, too much Vitamin B12 can have serious side effects, including the formation of blood clots, heart failure, kidney, and liver problems.
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