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Dangerous supplements: LegitScript global program helps consumers, companies assess products

Supplements and other healthcare products that claim to help with weight loss, erectile dysfunction, bodybuilding or even cancer treatment are a big business. They are also a dangerous business. Products that have not been approved as safe and effective and that seem benign but contain hidden active pharmaceutical ingredients can be life-threatening, but not all…

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More slimming coffee and obesity tea added to LegitScript products database

Weight-loss supplements incorporating the words “coffee” and “tea” into their names continue to be marketed to consumers even though they might contain potentially harmful ingredients. Some haven’t been found to contain unapproved substances but merely imply that they cure obesity, which is an impermissible claim for a dietary supplement. We have recently added more of…

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Meizi Evolution Botanical Slimming joins list of products containing sibutramine

The Therapeutic Goods Administration, an Australian regulatory body, last week warned against the use of Meizi Evolution Botanical Slimming, a diet product that TGA tested and found to contain undeclared sibutramine. TGA recommends that anyone using Meizi Evolution stop taking the capsules immediately and return unused portions to a pharmacy for safe disposal. Despite being pulled…

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Brazilian Blowout needs additional regulation, lawmakers tell FDA

Three members of Congress have demanded more action from the Food and Drug Administration to regulate hair-straightening products such as Brazilian Blowout, which has been found to contain excessive amounts of formaldehyde. In a letter sent to the FDA on Tuesday, Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Edward Markey and Jan Schakowsky reiterated complaints lodged in early 2011 over…

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Bee pollen pills, ladybug bath salts have landed in LegitScript’s product database

Trendy “bee pollen” and “green coffee” weight loss supplements, some of which have been recalled in the US and elsewhere because of safety concerns, are just a few of the more than 200 products recently added to LegitScript’s searchable database. One of the bee pollen products — Classic Zi Xiu Tang Bee Pollen Capsules, marketed as a…

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Hallucinatory ‘ecstasy cigarettes’ and other troubling products marketed in China

Smoking kills? Maybe not in the way you think. LegitScript has recently discovered quite a few Chinese websites selling strange psychoactive products that are described as able to assist in committing crimes like rape and robbery. One such product, found on fm2yao.com, is ecstasy cigarettes. The product description (translated from Chinese) reads: “After smoking these cigarettes, people…

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Is It Safe? Introducing LegitScript Healthcare Product Search

Ever wonder if those diet pills you saw advertised online are safe? What about the “100% natural sexual enhancement” supplements? Now there’s a place you can go to find out. LegitScript is pleased to roll out a new search feature (in beta): LegitScript Healthcare Product Search, available on our home page. This is the world’s…

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