by Rita Rubin - Jan. 7, 2009 06:43 PM
The Food and Drug Administration is adding an additional 41 products to an alert about tainted diet pills issued late last month, bringing the total to 69, officials said Wednesday.
"I think it's fair to say that we have a major initiative investigation ongoing into this type of product," Michael Levy, director of the division of new drugs and labeling compliance at the FDA, said in an interview. "We are buying these products, and we are testing them, and we are considering what our options are. There is definitely the possibility that there could be criminal charges."
The pills, using undeclared drugs that may put health at risk, include:
- Sibutramine, the active ingredient in the FDA-approved weight-loss drug Meridia. It's a controlled substance that can cause seizures, heart attack or stroke.
- Rimonabant, the active ingredient in Acomplia, a diet pill that failed to win FDA approval and has been withdrawn in Europe.
- Phenytoin, an anti-seizure medication, and phenolphthalein, a suspected carcinogen. http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/ ... 07-ON.html
--the substance used in acid-base indicators (a.k.a. litmus paper!) is a suspected carcinogen. Something not mentioned in chemistry class when us students handled the paper with fingertips (though the oils turned the paper at the held ends) for testing liquids in labs.phenolphtalein