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Tainted Supplements Galore: FDA Warns Public About Risky Products

In the past 10 days, the FDA has issued more than 25 public notifications regarding tainted supplements — all of which contain one or more undeclared ingredients designed to assist in weight loss or solve erectile woes. Shockingly, two of these tainted supplements contain phenolphthalein, a genotoxic (i.e., it can damage or cause mutations to your…

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Essential oils: FDA calls out slick operator on crude claims

Essential oils seem to be everywhere these days: cleaning products, cosmetics, and (you guessed it!) the alternative healthcare market. You may have encountered essential oil proponents the last time you had the sniffles or a stomachache. Paid “consultants” (read: your next-door neighbor) market these products as treatments for everything from the mild (coughs and colds)…

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Don’t be fooled by the packaging: ‘legal highs’ are deadly

Synthetic, designer drugs are addictive and highly dangerous, but are marketed to teens in appealing, nonthreatening, and sometimes even humorous packaging — often with cartoons on the label. One brand even uses Scooby-Doo as its mascot (Is nothing sacred, people? And, where are the Hanna-Barbera trademark attorneys when you need them?). These “herbal incenses,” “potpourris,”…

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Hiding in plain sight: tainted dietary supplements

The FDA sent out new tainted supplement notifications today, warning the public of six dietary supplements that contain hidden active pharmaceutical ingredients. In the US, dietary supplements aren’t considered drugs and therefore don’t have to be tested by the FDA before going on the market. This allows supplement manufacturers to get their products on the market quickly, but this…

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FTC doesn’t sugarcoat it: supplement marketer fined $2.2 mil for claiming products treat diabetes

The FTC isn’t sweet on marketers who claim that their dietary supplements treat and prevent diabetes. The Federal Trade Commission brought a case against Wellness Support Network, in connection with the sale of their products Diabetic Pack and Insulin Resistance Pack. Through realfoodnutrients.com, Wellness Support Network marketed the products as a “Diabetes Breakthrough” and a…

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It’s a dangerous supplement world out there

We’ve posted cautionary tales on certain dietary supplements here and here. Unfortunately, it’s time for another blog about the dangers lurking behind the seemingly innocent dietary supplements claiming to help you lose weight or treat your erectile dysfunction. Just this week, the US FDA published nine new warnings regarding tainted weight loss and erectile dysfunction…

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FTC pounds companies over false weight-loss claims in product advertising

As it kicked off the new year, the Federal Trade Commission made a resolution: no more bogus weight-loss claims! Operation Failed Resolution is the latest push in the FTC’s campaign against misleading advertising. As part of this effort, the FTC brought charges against four companies that promoted weight-loss products using deceptive and unfounded claims. The…

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Changes made to LegitScript’s Healthcare Product Bulk Search subscription plans

The API has landed. LegitScript has moved away from its prior subscription plans to an API model. The API will allow registered users to directly query data on healthcare products and receive LegitScript’s information relevant to those products. After signing up for an API key, you will be able to access our data in real time…

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Edible Earth and other problematic products added to LegitScript database

Potentially harmful products such as edible clay and erectile dysfunction treatments have recently been added to LegitScript’s database in an effort to inform and protect consumers. They are as follows: Clay Products The medicinal clay dietary supplements listed below pose risks because of high levels of lead and arsenic. These supplements, marketed as able to aid in…

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Family fights pesticide marketed as weight loss aid after young woman’s death

A toxic substance that is used as a weight loss aid despite being banned for human consumption claimed the life of a 23-year-old woman last year, and her family is now seeking to make the substance illegal. Her death was the 63rd linked to DNP, a highly toxic industrial chemical used in pesticides. In response…

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