Navigation Links
FDA Recalls Dietary Supplements Tied to 1 Death, Liver Damage
Date:5/1/2009

Hydroxycut products are sold as fat-burners, energy boosters, agency says

FRIDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials are warning consumers to stay away from Hydroxycut dietary supplement products marketed under the Iovate and MuscleTech brand names because of reports of liver problems resulting in at least one death -- an otherwise healthy 19-year-old male.

The manufacturer of the products, sold as fat burners and energy-boosters, is voluntarily recalling 14 products from the market.

"Consumers are advised to discontinue use of Hydroxycut products and consult a physician or health care professional if they are experiencing any symptoms of liver injury, which can include jaundice and brown urine, nausea, vomiting as well as unusual tiredness, unexplained itching and loss of appetite," said Dr. Linda Katz, interim chief medical officer at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), at a Friday news conference.

"Although liver damage appears to be rare, FDA feels consumers should not be exposed to unnecessary risk," Katz added.

The agency has received 23 reports of adverse liver effects including jaundice and liver damage severe enough to require organ transplant. Other individuals have experienced seizures, cardiovascular and other health problems. The medical literature also contains reports of liver issues in six patients taking Hydroxycut products.

Authorities do not yet know which ingredients are specifically associated with the problems.

The products being recalled are:

  • Hydroxycut Regular Rapid Release Caplets
  • Hydroxycut Caffeine-Free Rapid Release Caplets
  • Hydroxycut Hardcore Liquid Caplets
  • Hydroxycut Max Liquid Caplets
  • Hydroxycut Regular Drink Packets
  • Hydroxycut Caffeine-Free Drink Packets
  • Hydroxycut Hardcore Drink Packets (Ignition Stix)
  • Hydroxycut Max Drink Packets
  • Hydroxycut Liquid Shots
  • Hydroxycut Hardcore RTDs (Ready-to-Drink)
  • Hydroxycut Max Aqua Shed
  • Hydroxycut 24
  • Hydroxycut Carb Control
  • Hydroxycut Natural

Iovate Health Sciences of Oakville, Ontario, Canada has agreed to recall all the products. The company reports that more than 9 million units of Hydroxycut products were sold in 2008 in health food stores, grocery stores and pharmacies.

"They are widespread," said Vasilios Frankos, division director of the Office of Dietary Supplement Programs, CFSAN, FDA.

Hydroxycut Cleanse and Hoodia products are not being recalled as they have no overlapping ingredients with the 14 other products.

More information

For more on Hydroxycut products, visit the FDA.



SOURCES: May 1, 2009 teleconference with Linda Katz, M.D., interim chief medical officer, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), FDA, and Vasilios Frankos, Ph.D., division director, Office of Dietary Supplement Programs, CFSAN, FDA


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Fairbank Farms Voluntarily Recalls 85% Ground Round Beef Patties Sold Fresh from Shaws Due to Possible Health Risk
2. PriCara(TM) Recalls 25 mcg/hr DURAGESIC(R) (fentanyl transdermal system) CII Pain Patches
3. Baxter Recalls Rest of Heparin Products
4. Toxic Stock Syndrome Report: Many Companies Are Keeping Shareholders in the Dark on Potential Recalls, Bans, and Other Risks
5. Heart Device Recipients Often Not Aware of Recalls
6. ETHEX Corporation Voluntarily Recalls a Single Lot of Morphine Sulfate 60 mg Extended Release Tablets Due to the Potential for Oversized Tablets
7. ETHEX Corporation Voluntarily Recalls Three Lots of Dextroamphetamine Sulfate 5mg Tablets Due to the Potential for Oversized Tablets
8. ETHEX Corporation Initiated Nationwide Voluntary Recalls of Specific Lots of Five Generic Products Due to the Potential for Oversized Tablets
9. PriCara(R) Recalls 50 mcg/hr DURAGESIC(R) (fentanyl transdermal system) CII Pain Patches
10. Kellogg Recalls 16 Products as Salmonella Probe Widens
11. Ralcorp Frozen Bakery Products Recalls Food Lion Bake Shop Peanut Butter Cookies Nationwide Because of Possible Health Risk
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
FDA Recalls Dietary Supplements Tied to 1 Death, Liver Damage  
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... The Florida Hospital Tampa ... Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), the leading authority in hyperbaric medicine. This accreditation identifies ... few hospitals and facilities have earned this distinction. This is the second time ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... Mirixa ... (MTM), adherence, and other pharmacist-delivered patient care services, has announced the promotions of ... Hoessel to vice president of sales. , Litsinger joined Mirixa in 2008 ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... SunView Software aims to ... that are both engaging and easy to use. Coming off the heels of ... revealed today its plans to roll out new AI-powered self-service enhancements to help ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... California Senate Bill (SB) 863, signed into ... claim in 2013 and 2014, according to CompScope™ Medical Benchmarks for California, 17th ... According to the study, medical payments per claim in California decreased 4 percent in ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... services from offices headquartered in Hamilton County, is embarking on a charity drive ... specializes in finding new homes for orphaned or neglected senior dogs in the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/9/2016)... , Dec. 9, 2016  RxWiki Inc., a digital ... digital marketing strategies of thousands of pharmacies through its ... Austin Inno,s "50 on Fire" Award in ... "We,re pleased to accept the award as one of ... Chief Executive Officer at RxWiki. "Our platform gives independent ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... , Dec. 8, 2016 IRIDEX Corporation (NASDAQ: ... newly issued shares of common stock, $0.01 par value (the ... underwritten public offering.  The final terms of the Offering will ... pricing, and there can be no assurance as to whether ... expects to use the net proceeds it will receive from ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... , Dec. 8, 2016 Global Interventional ... on the global interventional radiology market analyzes the ... report comprises an elaborate executive summary, including a ... segments and sub-segments. The research is a ... formed the bulk of our research efforts along ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: