Study: Women Still Using Dangerous, Recalled Weight-Loss Drug

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A recent study suggests that women are so desperate to lose weight that they are still using a weight-loss supplement from China that has been recalled in the United States for its use of dangerous ingredients, U.S. News & World Report says.

Defective drugs, those banned because manufactures use dangerous ingredients or don’t fully test the possible side effects of a product before releasing it, can lead to serious or fatal injuries. And considering how important image is to American women, it’s easy for our New York Defective Drug Attorneys to see why they would desire to use weight-loss drugs. But these supplements must be used carefully and consumers should always first do as much research as possible on the drug before using it. You should know what you’re putting into your body.

According to the article, the drug Pai You Guo contains phenolphthalein and sibutramine, both pharmaceuticals that are banned here because they can cause stroke, cancer and heart attacks. In 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a recall of the weight loss supplement, but a study in Boston shows the recall hasn’t dissuaded women from using the drug to get slimmer waist lines.

Harvard Medical School surveyors contacted over 550 women born in Brazil and who live in greater Boston and discovered nearly 1 in 4 have used or still do use the drug. Most people who were using the supplement reported experiencing side effects like addiction to the product, insomnia, fainting and palpitations. The study also found that women who used the supplement are more likely to buy the drug at a local store than to buy it over the internet.

“Even when the supplements are known to be hazardous, the FDA lacks the ability to remove them from store shelves,” notes the study’s author, Dr. Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. The researchers said that without stronger regulations, people shouldn’t use any supplement that says it will help them lose weight.

Having the dedication and resources to go on a diet and stick to it are difficult, which is why people are always looking for shortcuts. Miracle diets and miracle drugs are always being touted as the next great thing. But searching the FDA’s website to determine whether or not the drug is dangerous is important.

No one should take a drug without first doing the proper research and consumers shouldn’t take a drug or product that has previously been banned or recalled. But there are times when a drug hasn’t been banned by the government and it can still have ill side effects on a person.

It’s sometimes possible that the product passes through a litany of testing and hits the open market only to cause problems for consumers. Weak testing and companies quick to push a product into the marketplace can sometimes cut corners, which can cause sickness and even death as a result of dangerous or defective medical products.

The Ferraro Law Firm represents patients injured by recalled or defective products throughout the country. Call 1-800-275-3332 for a free and confidential consultation. Offices in Miami, Washington, D.C., and New York City.

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