US officials recall weight loss pill

Friday, May 1, 2009 - 12:07 in Health & Medicine

Popular dietary supplement recalled after reports of liver damage and other health problemsUS government health officials are announcing the recall of a popular weight loss pill, after reports of liver damage and other health problems.Food and Drug Administration officials said today the manufacturer of Hydroxycut has launched a recall of the dietary supplement, used by people trying to shed weight, and by body builders to sharpen their muscles.Hydroxycut is advertised as being made from natural ingredients. It accounts for about 90% of the market for weight loss supplements, with sales of about 1m bottles a year.Dietary supplements are not as tightly regulated by the government as medications. Manufacturers do not need FDA approval ahead of time before marketing their products.United © Guardian News & Media Limited 2009 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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