February 17, 2014 — MyNicKnaxs, LLC and the FDA have announced a recall for several weigh-loss pills because they contain undeclared pharmaceutical drugs, including sibutramine and phenolphthalein or a combination of both.
No injuries have been reported, but consumptions of the products could potentially cause serious gastrointestinal disturbances, irregular heartbeat, and cancer.
Recalled diet pills include:
- Magic Slim
- Fruta Bio
- Slim Easy
- Super Fat Burning Bomb
- Slim Xtreme
- Meizi Evolution
- Meizitang Strong Version Botanical Slimming
- Jianfeijindan Activity Girl
- Japan Hokkaido Cangye Pharmacy Co., LTD Japanese Chinese Formula
- Reduce Weight Fruta Planta
Phenolphthalein was once used in over-the-counter laxatives, but it was withdrawn from the market over concerns about carcinogenicity. Sibutramine is an appetite-suppressant that was withdrawn from the market in 2010 over concern about seizures, heart attacks, strokes, and abnormal heart rhythm.
The recall was initiated on February 4 after an FDA lab analysis of Reduce Weight Fruta Planta found 10.2-mg of phenolphthalein. All lots were recalled. According to the FDA:
“These undeclared ingredients makes these products unapproved new drugs for which safety and efficacy have not been established.”
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