Saba Appetite Control and Energy (ACE) is a diet pill that has been linked to reports of liver failure, including one 35 year-old woman who needed a liver transplant. The FDA has also issued warnings about poor manufacturing and possible Salmonella contamination.
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What are ACE Diet Pills?
Saba ACE is a diet pill that has been sold with different ingredients over the years. Unfortunately, some of those ingredients have been linked to liver damage:
- Green tea extract: Very toxic in high doses. It has been linked to several cases of liver damage, including two cases of liver failure requiring transplantation.
- DMAA (1,3-dimethylamylamine): There have been two reported cases of liver failure associated with DMAA use in the military. Recently, 43 reports of hepatitis (liver inflammation) in Hawaii were linked to OxyElite Pro diet pills. Two people needed liver transplants and one person died.
Saba ACE Diet Pills Linked to Liver Failure
In May 2014, the medical journal Gastroenterology published a case report of a 35 year-old woman who took ACE diet pills and developed liver failure.
Her first symptoms appeared within two weeks of taking ACE diet pills. As her condition worsened, she developed jaundice, fluid accumulation, bleeding, and brain damage (encephalopathy) due to toxins in her blood. In the hospital, doctors found evidence of necrosis and severe liver inflammation. After receiving a liver transplant, her condition started improving one week later.
The authors of the report warned:
“This case of drug-induced fulminant liver failure was likely due to Saba ACE supplement. Although DMAA and green tea extract are potentially hepatotoxic, the exact hepatotoxic agent in this supplement and whether drug interactions or possible contamination played a role in the drug-induced liver injury in this case are unclear.”
FDA Warning for Violations of Good Manufacturing Practices
AMS Health Sciences, LLC, the manufacturer of Saba ACE, received a warning letter from the FDA in July 2014.
The FDA found serious violations of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). For example, ads for Saba ACE illegally claimed that it could treat health problems, prevent tooth decay, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, fight infections, stop bleeding, treat blood diseases, and more.
The FDA was concerned because AMS Health had no procedures to test the identity, purity, strength, or composition of finished products to ensure good quality control. The agency also questioned the source of some ingredients:
“The product labels fail to identify the sources for Methyl Synephrine or Synephrine and Phenylethylamine (PEA) in the proprietary blend of dietary ingredients listed in the supplement facts panels.”
Saba Shark Cartilage Complex Recalled for Salmonella Contamination
October 2014 — The FDA has issued a recall for Saba Shark Cartilage Complex because it may be contaminated with Salmonella, a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections. Click here to read more.
No illnesses have been reported, but infections could be fatal. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
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