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Company Discontinues Distribution Of Tainted Herb Supplement After FDA Notice

July 20, 2010: 03:31 PM EST
The U.S. FDA notified herbal supplement distributor J & H Besta Corp. (Hicksville, NY) that a lab analysis of Slim-30 Herb Supplement found that it contained undeclared N-Desmethyl Sibutramine and traces of Sibutramine, an FDA-approved appetite suppressant used for weight loss. The company said it voluntarily discontinued distribution of the affected product lot. Slim-30 has not been approved by the FDA, and its safety and effectiveness are unknown. According to the FDA, the product could be harmful to people with coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke because Sibutramine can substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate. No illnesses or injuries have been reported to the company so far. The product was sold to distributors and retail stores nationwide, in China and over the Internet.
Jason Wang, "J & H Besta Corp. Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Slim- 30 Herb Supplement Found to Contain an Undeclared Drug Ingredient", News release, J & H Besta Corp., FDA, July 20, 2010, © J & H Besta Corp.
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