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FDA Issues Warning On Two Weight Loss Products


WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration has advised consumers not to purchase or use two weight loss products – Jenesis and Oasis Bee Pollen.

The products are promoted and sold for weight loss on and They are also promoted on the firm’s Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts.

FDA’s laboratory analysis confirmed that these two contain sibutramine, a controlled substance that was removed from the market in October 2010 for safety reasons.

Sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and pulse rate in some patients. It may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke.

It may also interact, in life-threatening ways, with other medications a consumer may be taking.

Laboratory analysis also confirmed that these products contain phenolphthalein, a chemical that is not an active ingredient in any approved drug in the U.S. Studies have indicated that it presents a cancer-causing risk.


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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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