Internet Diet Pill Warning


The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that almost 30 drugs advertised for weight loss on the Internet contain unlisted ingredients that are possibly dangerous. Advertised as natural fat busters, and touting marketing such as “ancient remedies” from Asia in new versions, they have names like Zhen de Shou, Imelda Perfect Slim, and Venom Hyperdrive 3.0.

Preying on individuals who want to lose weight quickly, the FDA says these unlisted ingredients include extremely powerful doses of an anti-obesity drug as well as a carcinogen. “If it sounds too good to be true,” says Michael Levy, a lawyer with the FDA, “it is likely too good to be true.”

According to the FDA, most of these pills seem to be coming from China, a country who lately has had a proven track record of substandard quality products that have sickened, injured, and killed dozens of unsuspecting Americans. The agency has found 28 of these products, and nearly all of them are sold on the Internet. Almost all of them contain an appetite suppressant called sibutramine, which is related to amphetamines.

Sibutramine may cause heart palpitations, heart attacks, and strokes. This is especially dangerous to those who have a history of high blood pressure or heart problems. While sibutramine is found in the prescription only Meridia, and used to treat obesity, nearly three times that amount has been found in some of these pills coming from China.

Another chemical found in many of the pills is phenolphthalein, which is used as a laxative. However, it is currently being withdrawn from the market because there are concerns it raises the risk of cancer.

Finally, the FDA is considering criminal charges against these companies because they have not responded to requests for recalls.

List of Products

  • Fatloss Slimming
  • 2 Day Diet
  • 3x Slimming Power
  • 5x Imelda Perfect Slimming
  • 3 Day Diet Japan Lingzhi
  • 24 Hours Diet
  • 7 Diet Day/Night Formula
  • 7 Day Herbal Slim
  • 8 Factor Diet
  • 999 Fitness Essence
  • Extrim Plus and GMP
  • Imelda Perfect Slim
  • Lida DaiDaihua
  • Miaozi Slim Capsules
  • Perfect Slim
  • Perfect Slim 5x
  • Phyto Shape
  • ProSlim Plus
  • Royal Slimming Formula
  • Slim 3 in 1
  • Slim Express 360
  • Slimtech
  • Somotrin
  • Superslim
  • TripleSlim
  • Zhen de Shou
  • Venom Hyperdrive 3.0