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 www.beeextremelyamazed.com and www.beefitamy.com. 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.