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FDA Bans HCG Diet Weight Loss Products

December 9, 2011

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December 9, 2011

The sale of controversial fad diet products containing a human hormone found in pregnant women was made illegal earlier this week after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the products from being sold over-the-counter. According to CNN News, both the FDA and the Federal Trade Commission sent warning letters to seven companies that manufacture “homeopathic” products containing human chorionic gonadotropin, or HCG, saying the products can no longer be sold online or in stores.

Labels on the products call for those taking them to adhere to a strict low-calorie diet. A person on the program will only consume 500 calories a day in conjunction with the hormone to lose a large amount of weight very quickly. Some advocates say they have seen some users lose upwards of 30 pounds in a month’s time.

The government says the weight loss pills' claims are unsubstantiated and that the hormone combined with the low calorie diet puts patients at a higher risk of:

  • Blood Clots
  • Cystic Ovaries (Women)
  • Electrolyte imbalances
  • Enlarged and Sore breasts (Men)
  • Gallstones
  • Heart Arrhythmias

The FDA has not approved any products containing HCG for weight loss purposes, and there is no clear evidence that the claims of weight loss can be associated with the hormone.

The Ohio Defective Product Attorneys with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy advise anyone using HCG diet pills to stop immediately. If you have suffered any ill side effects from taking diet pills containing HCG, contact an experienced attorney today.

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