FDA Warns Against HCG Diet Products

Posted on December 9, 2011

According to news sources, the Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to take certain weight-loss products known as HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, otherwise marketed as “homeopathic”. The FDA has reportedly already issued warning letters to seven companies selling the illegal drugs since they make unsupported medical claims that are not approved by the FDA.

The FDA also claims that the there is no evidence to support the claims that HCG increases weight-lost in any way, while criticizing the potentially dangerous diets that the companies selling the product advocate.

hese diet restrictions typically advocated with the products limit the intake of daily calories to about 500 per day. Therefore any resulting weight lose could be attributed to the excessively restrictive diets, and not the actual effects of the drugs, the FDA says.

The FDA is advising consumers with the products to stop taking them immediately,not to follow their diet instructions and to contact the FDA at 800-FDA-1088 to report any adverse health effects that may arise from taking the product.

As a product liability attorney Los Angeles, I’ve seen dangerous products of this kind in the past and know the severity of the hazards they entail. I hope this information can help raise awareness about this product. If you or a loved one has been injured through the use of a defective product, speak with a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer to learn about the legal options available to you.

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