In the United States, the FDA or the United States Food and Drug Administration is
primarily responsible for testing the effectiveness, authenticity and safety of food,
drugs used for strictly medical purposes or otherwise, devices (such as abs machines)
and even vaccines. The primary aim of the FDA is to provide safer and more reliable
OTC drugs, prescription drugs and potential medical treatments to the US population.
Approved Diet Pills
FDA Banned Diet Pills On The Rise
There are quite a few reasons why diet pills can be taken off the market due to an
FDA ban. The first and often most common reason is that some diet pills have not
been proven to even work. For example, in 1992, the FDA together with the concerted
effort of legislators from 10 different US states removed weight loss products with
One of the FDA banned diet pillswas Nature’s Way East Indian Guar Gum Capsules.
The company had been ordered by the Food and Drug Administration to cease from distributing
the weight loss product and to remove their stocks- because guar gum has been found
to be unsafe as an active ingredient in weight loss pills.
Are You Being Scammed By Diet Pill Producers?
Is it possible that even the brightest and most well maintained sales sites can be
fake? The answer unfortunately is yes. Literally hundreds of websites on the Internet
today retail diet pills of questionable pedigree. In worst case scenarios, even FDA
banned diet pillsstill get distributed to US and non-US residents alike.
By 1992, there had already been 111 different banned ingredients on the watch list
of the Food and Drug Administration. The number of banned ingredients has increased
exponentially within the period of more than a decade. It seems that unscrupulous
manufacturers are still aiming to fool people into buying ineffective or completely
useless weight loss products.
Other Questionable Products
The FDA is quick to dismiss most products on the market today - because all these
products can do is to claim that the “doctors hate them” and the “government hates
them”. Most of these products are either already in the list of FDA banned diet pillsor they’re headed that way once they cause physical or chemical harm to the users.
The problem is that some of the cases of severe side effects are not reported, and
therefore not documented by departments such as the FDA.
If you’ve been offered these products, simply say no:
• Medical diet patches - unsafe, untested, no empirical proof that these work at
• Glucomannan - there is no evidence that this ingredient helps weight loss efforts.
Better save your money for something more substantial.
• Guar gum - used by some products to cause the feeling of fullness in patients.
Guar gum can be toxic to the person who has ingested it- be very careful.
• Spirulina - this ingredient is largely useless. It’s actually a mild algae that
has little or no nutritive, much less medicinal value.
• Magnetizing pills - all that these pills will magnet are your hard earned cash.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expanding its nationwide alert to consumers
about tainted weight loss pills that contain undeclared, active pharmaceutical ingredients
-sibutramine, Rimonabant, Phenytoin (trace), Phenolphthalein. On December 22, 2008,
FDA warned consumers not to purchase or consume 28 different products marketed for
weight loss. Since that time, FDA analysis has identified 41 more tainted weight
loss products that may put consumers’ health at risk.
FDA Expands Warning to Consumers About Tainted Diet Pills