June 22, 2013

FDA Warning – Hidden Drug in Bethel 30

There are plenty of weight loss supplements out on the market, and for the most part we safely assume that every single ingredient is listed on the label. However, we forget just how easy it can be to hide an ingredient or two from inspectors, which actually explains why it took until now for the FDA to issue a strong warning against Bethel 30, a relatively popular weight loss supplement.

As it happens, not all of the product’s ingredients were listed on the label; through testing the presence of a dangerous drug called sibutramine was also discovered. For those who don’t remember, back in 2010 sibutramine was banned from the market as it was proven to have adverse effects on human health, raising the blood pressure and pulse rate of those who ingested it.

Unfortunately, it seems that the trend of using hidden ingredients in supposedly-safe products is becoming increasingly popular, and until the FDA finds a way to immediately test all the products on the market, we will have to rely on our common sense and vigilance to avoid such dangers.

Public Notification: "Bethel 30" Contains Hidden Drug Ingredient

[6-10-2013] The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to purchase or use “Bethel 30,” a product promoted and sold for weight loss on various websites, including www.bethel30.com, and in some retail stores.
FDA laboratory analysis confirmed that “Bethel 30” contains sibutramine. Sibutramine is a controlled substance that was removed from the market in October 2010 for safety reasons.

The product poses a threat to consumers because sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke. This product may also interact, in life threatening ways, with other medications a consumer may be taking.

Consumers should stop using this product immediately and throw it away. Consumers who have experienced any negative side effects should consult a health care professional as soon as possible.

Source: Public Notification: "Bethel 30" Contains Hidden Drug Ingredient

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