FDA, FTC act to remove “homeopathic” HCG weight loss products from the market

The article is below. This is SO frustrating!! I have finally found something that helps so much, and has helped so many other people, and they want to take it away from us. HCG may not increase weight loss beyond the low calorie diet, but try staying with that low calorie diet without the HCG and then tell me it doesn’t make a difference!!

I don’t like to think of any of my photos as less than attractive, but this silly ones of a group of frogs was about as an appropriate one as I could find in my collection. Our ponds in the backyard seem to attract some interesting wildlife, including these tree frogs who were having some sort of get together in this crack in our siding.

OK, the article…

*FDA, FTC act to remove “homeopathic” HCG weight loss products from the



*For Immediate Release:* December 6, 2011
*Media Inquiries*: Shelly Burgess 301-796-4651,
shelly.burgess@fda.hhs.gov or Tamara Ward 301-796-7567,
*Consumer Inquiries:* 888-INFO-FDA

*FDA, FTC act to remove “homeopathic” HCG weight loss products from the
*/Joint action is first step in halting sale of the products/

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission
(FTC) today issued seven Warning Letters to companies marketing over-the
counter (OTC) HCG products that are labeled as “homeopathic” for weight

Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a hormone produced by the human
placenta and found in the urine of pregnant women. HCG is FDA-approved
as an injectable prescription drug for the treatment of some cases of
female infertility and other medical conditions.

The letters warn the companies that they are violating federal law by
selling drugs that have not been approved, and by making unsupported
claims for the substances. There are no FDA-approved HCG drug products
for weight loss.

The joint action is the first step in keeping the unproven and
potentially unsafe products from being marketed online and in retail
outlets as oral drops, pellets, and sprays.

The labeling for the “homeopathic” HCG products states that each product
should be taken in conjunction with a very low calorie diet. There is no
substantial evidence HCG increases weight loss beyond that resulting
from the recommended caloric restriction.  Consumers on a very low
calorie diet are at increased risk for side effects including gallstone
formation, electrolyte imbalance, and heart arrhythmias.

“These HCG products marketed over-the-counter are unproven to help with
weight loss and are potentially dangerous even if taken as directed,”
said Ilisa Bernstein, acting director of the Office of Compliance in
FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “And a very low calorie
diet should only be used under proper medical supervision.”

“Deceptive advertising about weight loss products is one of the most
prevalent types of fraud,” said David Vladeck, director of the FTC’s
Bureau of Consumer Protection. “Any advertiser who makes health claims
about a product is required by federal law to back them up with
competent and reliable scientific evidence, so consumers have the
accurate information they need to make good decisions.”

According to the Warning Letters, the companies have 15 days to notify
the FDA of the steps they have taken to correct the violations cited.
Failure to do so may result in legal action, including seizure and
injunction, or criminal prosecution.
Consumers and health care professionals are encouraged to report adverse
events (side effects) that may be related to the use of these products
to MedWatch, the FDA’s voluntary reporting program, by calling
800-FDA-1088, or electronically at www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety,
effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and
other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency
also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food
supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off
electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

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