Weight Loss

Obesity is a growing problem in the U.S., and consumers are constantly on the lookout for solutions, especially when diet and lifestyle changes have not helped them successfully lose weight. The weight loss industry is booming and the drug and supplement companies are more than happy to cash in, even if it costs lives.

Weight Loss Products and Drugs

Examples of weight loss drugs and supplements which may have dangerous or fatal side effects include:

Prescription Weight Loss Drugs

Fen-Phen (fenfluramine, phentermine, dexfenfluramine) was withdrawn from the U.S. market in 1997 due to serious and fatal side effects. It can take more than ten years for those side effects to appear in former Fen-Phen users.

Meridia was approved in 1997, and withdrawn in 2010 due to risk of heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular events. The side effects were known to the FDA when it approved the drug, but the agency said it believed the benefits outweighed the risk.

Belviq (lorcaserin hydrochloride)was approved in June, 2012, despite a known tumor risk. Qysmia (phentermine and topiramate)received approval in July, 2012.

Belviq and Qysmia were rejected by the FDA in 2010, due to concerns about dangerous side effects. They received approval after their makers provided new information to the agency.

Dietary Supplement Ingredients

Dietary supplements are regulated under different rules than prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications. They often contain ingredients which are not patented or cannot be patented because they are naturally occurring substances. However, sometimes the ingredients that supplement makers claim are naturally derived turn out to be synthetic.

Specific ingredients are sometimes banned by the FDA. Two dietary supplement ingredients which have been banned due to health concerns are DMMA and ephedra. These bans affected a wide range of products.

The Hydroxycut ban did not involve a specific ingredient, but a whole line of products. Some of those products were reformulated and put back on the market.

If you have been injured by a weight loss product, or if you have lost someone to injuries caused by a deadly weight loss drug, please find a weight loss injury attorney in your area right away and schedule a consultation to learn more about your legal rights.