Sunday, November 11, 2012

FDA Warning - Bee Pollen Supplement

As a nutritionist, I keep my ear to the ground where supplements are concerned. I wanted to share with you a notice that just came across my desk. Recently the FDA warned consumers about a specific Bee Pollen supplement which was found to contain a banned drug. The supplement company has voluntarily issued a recall, but anyone who has this supplement needs to stop taking it immediately, due to potential life-threatening side effects. 

Again, this is not a wholesale Bee Pollen warning - it is limited to the specific brand. I've pasted the warning notice below, and encourage you to check the label on your bee pollen supplement, if you're taking one.

In addition, please read the notice below the bee pollen warning, for two more products found containing the same dangerous drug.

Recall of "Bee Pollen" Supplement Found to Contain Drug
(Date Posted: 11/6/2012)On October 24, 2012, Zi Xiu Tang Success, LLC issued a voluntary recall of Classic Zi Xiu Tang Bee Pollen Capsules and Ultimate Formula Capsules because the supplements contain the undeclared drug sibutramine. On the same day, the FDA warned consumers not to take Zi Xiu Tang Bee Pollen Capsules because the agency had confirmed the presence of the undeclared drug.
Sibutramine is a controlled substance which was removed from the prescription drug market in 2010 due to the potential for life-threatening side-effects and interactions with other medications. This substance can increase blood pressure and pulse rate, and may present a significant risk for individuals with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure and arrhythmias.
Both supplements were distributed nationwide to consumers and distributors from May 1, 2012 to October 17, 2012.
Consumers who have purchased this product should stop taking it immediately and consult their healthcare provider if they have any concerns or experience any side-effects.
Consumers and their healthcare providers are encouraged to report adverse events to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.
See ConsumerLab.com's Review of Weight Loss Supplements for tests of related products.
For more information about this recall, use the red link below.
http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm326267.htm?source=govdelivery

Latest News:  FDA Warns Consumers of Two Weight Loss Supplements Containing a Drug 
(Date Posted: 11/9/2012)
On November 8, 2012, the FDA warned consumers not to buy or use weight loss supplements Beautiful Body Slim and Japan Hokkaido Slimming Weight Loss Pills after FDA testing found these products contain the drug sibutramine.
Sibutramine is a controlled substance which was removed from the prescription drug market in 2010 due to the potential for life-threatening side-effects and interactions with other medications. This substance can increase blood pressure and pulse rate, and may present a significant risk for individuals with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure and arrhythmias.
Consumers who have purchased this product should stop taking it immediately and consult their healthcare provider if they have any concerns or experience any side-effects.
Consumers and their healthcare providers are encouraged to report adverse events to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.
Beautiful Body Slim may have been sold in retail stores and online on various websites, including www.houseofmonet.com. (Click here to see the FDA’s consumer warning about this product).
Japan Hokkaido Slimming Weight Loss Pills may have been sold in retail stores and on various websites including www.ebay.com. (Click here or use the red link below to see the FDA’s consumer warning about this product.)
See ConsumerLab.com’s Review of Weight Loss Supplements for tests of related products.
http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/MedicationHealthFraud/ucm327451.htm?source=govdelivery

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