FDA CONSUMER HEALTH INFORMATION - Beware of Fraudulent Weight-Loss 'Dietary Supplements'

Mar 15, 2011, 13:25 ET from U.S. Food and Drug Administration

SILVER SPRING, Md., March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration:

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Magic diet pill!

Melt your fat away!

Diet and exercise not required!

Messages like these on weight-loss products taunt consumers looking for a quick and easy way to shed pounds.

But these products don't live up to their claims. Even worse, they can cause serious harm. The Food and Drug Administration has found dozens of products being touted as dietary supplements but that actually contain hidden prescription drugs that have not been adequately studied in humans.

Find out what FDA is doing to make these dangerous products unavailable and how consumers can help at

http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm246742.htm

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http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm247135.htm

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http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm247122.htm

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