Anyone who has ever been on a diet—and there are many of us—knows that there are sensible ways to
lose weight. These include balanced diets, exercising and realistic goals. And then there are
reckless ways to shed pounds—fads and diet aids that promise rapid weight loss, but often recommend
potentially dangerous practices. These include HCG weight-loss products marketed over-the-counter
(OTC) that are identified as “homeopathic” and direct users to follow a severely restrictive diet.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers to steer clear of these “homeopathic"
human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) weight-loss products. They are sold in the form of oral drops,
pellets and sprays and can be found online and in some retail stores. FDA and the Federal Trade
Commission (FTC) have issued seven letters to companies warning them that they are selling illegal
homeopathic HCG weight-loss drugs that have not been approved by FDA, and that make unsupported
claims. For the list of manufacturers, distributors and products—and more information about FDA’s
concerns about HCG -visit www.fda.gov/hcgdiet