FDA says stop using Hydroxycut nowPosted on May 02, 2009
The FDA said Iovate Health Sciences, which makes the diet pills, said it agreed to the recall out of 'an abundance of caution.' The company is based in Canada and its U.S. distributor is headquartered near Buffalo, N.Y. Over nine million packages of 14 Hydroxycut products were sold in grocery stores and pharmacies last year.
Hydroxycut products are dietary supplements that are marketed for weight-loss, as fat burners, as energy-enhancers, as low carb diet aids, and for water loss under the Iovate and MuscleTech brand names.
There were 23 reports of liver problems, and a 19—year-old boy died of liver failure. Patients complained symptoms of jaundice and liver failure. Other health problems reported include seizures; cardiovascular disorders; and rhabdomyolysis, a type of muscle damage that can lead to other serious health problems such as kidney failure. One patient has received a transplant and another was placed on a list to wait for a new liver. All reported the symptoms happened after they started taking the drug.
The FDA doesn't have the authority to approve the dietary supplements before they are sold, they only monitor reports of problems after people start taking them. The FDA advises people who are suffering any of these symptoms to immediately see a physician.