October 4, 2013 — A USA Today investigation has found that Riger Naturals, the Mexican manufacturer of Reumofan dietary supplements and “WOW,” uses fake addresses and lies about the ingredients in their products.
The FDA has received at least 60 reports of adverse events, including 7 life-threatening side effects and 3 deaths. Reports include a 76 year-old woman who developed psychosis, an 83 year-old woman who died of an infection, and another user who developed life-threatening gastrointestinal bleeding.
In June 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that Reumofan Plus is not “100% all-natural,” and actually contains three pharmaceutical drugs:
- Voltaren (diclofenac sodium) — A prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that can increase a patient’s risk of heart attack, stroke, gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers, and more.
- Robaxin (methocarbamol) — A prescription muscle-relaxant that can cause sedation, dizziness, low blood pressure, and impaired ability to operate a vehicle or heavy machinery.
- Dexamethasone — A prescription corticosteroid that can cause psychiatric disorders, increased blood sugar in diabetics, and increase susceptibility to infections.
Possible Link Discovered?
The ingredients in Reumofan Plus are exactly the same as Rumoquin N.F., a prescription medication made by a Mexican pharmaceutical company called Laboratorios Marcel. USA Todaypurchased a bottle of Reumofan Plus that was stamped with six vertical lines in a stylized “M” logo, which Laboratorios Marcel imprints on some of their pills.
Laboratorios Marcel closed in 2012, but another pharmaceutical company named Laboratorios Schoen was re-opened in the same location by members of the same family. USA Today found a possible connection between Reumofan Plus and Laboratorios Schoen, but no one has been able to track down Riger Naturals, the supposed manufacturer of Reumofan Plus.
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