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FDA Rejects Weight Loss Drug Meridia

Meridia Withdrawn From Market; FDA Cites Risk to Heart

Drug Found in 'Supplements'

Unapproved drugs, often sold as supplements, are frequently found to contain various amounts of sibutramine, the active ingredient in Meridia.

Coincidentally, the FDA today warned that a "supplement" called Slimming Beauty Bitter Orange Slimming Capsules contains dangerous amounts of sibutramine. The product is sold over the Internet by Beautiful Health Inc., formerly LL Health and Beauty.

The label falsely says the product is "100% herbal." The mislabeled drug was distributed in Chicago at the Mexican Independence Day parade and may be distributed at other community events.

People taking the pills can experience anxiety, nausea, heart palpitations, a racing heart, insomnia, and elevated blood pressure. It may be very dangerous to people with underlying heart conditions.

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