FDA Puts Spotlight on Personal Injury; OTC Weight-Loss MedsMark Clore ·
In the United States, approximately 45% of people make New Years resolutions. Of those who commit to making some kind of change, 38% set weight loss as their goal. It's not an easy journey, which is why many of them also turn to supplements and over-the-counter medications. In a timely release, the FDA reminds consumers that a vast number of drugs have not been approved by the regulating agency. At their best, they can be scams. At their worst, they may result inpersonal injury or death. Meridia In 1997, the FDA approved the use of Meridia for weight loss. The active ingredient in it was sibutramine, and Abbott Laboratories marketed it to those who needed to lose a lot of weight. Clinical trials showed that people who took it as part of an overall change in lifestyle lost 5% more weight than those on a placebo. Unfortunately, it was later discovered that it also came with a 16% increase in the risk of major cardiovascular events, like a heart attack. After only three years on the market, the FDA recommended that the drug be discontinued. Of course, this was a prescription medication, but the problem is that sibutramine is still on store shelves. The FDA has tested countless OTC medications since Meridia was discontinued and has found sibutramine in hundreds of products marketed as weight-loss supplements. Warning Signs Aside from the risk of personal injury, Charleston stores, as well as online outlets, often hold supplements which are totally ineffective. Some cues to look for on the packaging include:
- Claims that the product can cure a myriad of things.
- Personal testimonials that cannot be backed up or scientifically proven.
- Items which promise immediate results.
- Meaningless hype, like the phrases "miracle cure," "secret ingredient," or "new discovery."
Charleston Personal Injury AttorneyObviously, the best thing you can do is to avoid these products altogether. However, we should be able to trust the FDA and have faith that items on store shelves are safe for consumption. If you have been hurt by a dangerous drug, whether it was related to weight loss or any other condition, your case may help instigate reform and get the product out of stores. You may also be entitled to compensation, which can help cover any financial losses you have accrued as a result of the product. Please tell us about your case using our online form or speak directly with one of our attorneys by calling 1(800)610-2546.
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