Universal ABC Beauty Supply International has joined Hydroxycut in issuing a recall for several brands of its diet pills. Universal ABC Beauty Supply International’s recall covers over 30 brands.
The FDA said that the recalled diet pills contain sibutramine. Sibutramine (sibutramine hydrochloride monohydrate) is an FDA-approved drug for weight loss drug manufactured by Abbott Laboratories. The Universal diet pills are not regulated because they are not “drugs.” I cannot put my mind around this logic.
Sibutramine can substantially increase blood pressure and heart rate, something that could be fatal for people with a history of heart disease or other heart problems (as many obese people do). Drug safety expert Dr. David Graham, who has spoken up on a lot of FDA drugs that need to be recalled such as Seroquel, has testified before a Senate Finance Committee hearing that sibutramine may be more dangerous than obesity.
It has been a bad few weeks for quick-fix diet drugs.
Repeat after me: these diet pills are stupid in the first place.