Dietary Supplements’ That Contain a Risky Drug

The following products by Intercharm Inc. are recalled: •Slimforte Slimming Capsules (box of 30), Batch No. 20100928, Best By 09.27.2012 and Batch No. 20100604, Best By 06.03.2012 •Slimforte Slimming Coffee (box of 10 packets), Batch No. 20100903, Best By 09.02.2012 •Meizitang Botanical Slimming Soft Gel (pouch of 3 blister packs of 12 each 650 mg softgel capsules), Lot Code 12.24.2009, Best By 12.23.2011 These products—sold as dietary supplements and marketed for weight loss—contain sibutramine, a controlled substance that was removed from the U.S. market in October 2010 for safety reasons. They were distributed through the Internet nationwide and internationally to Ireland. See photos of the recalled products. Risk: Sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure or pulse rate in some people—especially those with a history of heart disease or stroke. These products may also interact in life-threatening ways with other medications a person may be taking. Recommendations •Stop using these products immediately and throw them away. •If you’ve experienced any negative side effects from these products, contact a health care professional as soon as possible. •If you have questions related to the recall, call the distributor, Intercharm, at 323-876-7441 Monday–Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. From the FDA - More Information: Tainted Weight Loss Products Beware of Fraudulent ‘Dietary Supplements’ Beware of Fraudulent Weight-Loss Dietary Supplements How to Dispose of Unused Medicines