Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. would like to inform the public that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning on May 1, 2009 to immediately stop use of Hydroxycut dietary supplements by Iovate Health Sciences Inc. after reports of serious health problems in users taking the recommended doses. Iovate recalled 14 Hydroxycut products from the market.

Ellen Relkin, an attorney with the Weitz & Luxenberg defective medicines and medical devices litigation unit, who represented numerous clients injured by ephedra, the earlier generation “dietary supplements” said, “Consumers should not assume that products advertised for as natural are FDA-approved and safe simply because they are over-the-counter or available online. As with the case of certain Hydroxycut products, these weight-loss and ‘energy enhancement’ pills and drinks can be deadly.”

Relkin added, “It is appalling that a company like MuscleTech, after causing strokes, heart attacks and death from its former Hydroxycut product with ephedra, was able to reorganize under bankruptcy and put new untested dangerous products on the market. It is time for the FDA to better regulate dietary supplements so that these untested products cannot be promoted with slick advertising to unwitting victims.”

FDA has received 23 reports of adverse liver effects in users of Hydroxycut products, including jaundice, liver damage, and liver transplant. In one case, a 19-year-old died as a result of the associated liver damage. Symptoms of serious liver disease include jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes) and brown urine. Other symptoms of liver disease might include nausea, vomiting, light-colored stools, unusual tiredness, weakness, stomach or abdominal pain, itching, or loss of appetite.

FDA has also identified several other serious adverse events associated with Hydroxycut, including cases of seizures, rhabdomyolysis, and cardiovascular disorders ranging in severity from palpitations to a heart attack. Hydroxycut products are marketed for weight-loss, as fat burners, as energy-enhancers, as low carb diet aids, and for water loss under the “Iovate” and “MuscleTech” brand names. Unlike with prescription medicines, FDA does not test and identify all weight loss products on the market that have potentially harmful contaminants in order to assure their safety. The public is advised to consult a physician or other health care professional if they are experiencing symptoms possibly associated with these recalled products.

Below is a list of the recalled products, along with their bar codes: 631656800265 Hydroxycut Hardcore 8 fl. oz. Grape Explosion 631656800210 Hydroxycut Hardcore 8 fl. oz. Triple Wildberry 631656001501 Hydroxycut 280ct-3 Pak Kit 631656001563 Hydroxycut 280ct-6 Pak Kit 631656000658 Hydroxycut 100ct-6 month supply Kit 631656600896 Hydroxycut 2x60ct Club Pack US Kit 631656000672 Hydroxycut 100ct-1 month supply Kit 631656874693 Hydroxycut 58 cap 12-pack Target US Kit 631656000665 Hydroxycut 100ct-3 month supply Kit 631656002362 Hydroxycut Sachet Twin Pack US Kit 631656860498 Hydroxycut Instant Weight Loss Shot Wild berry US Kit 631656660623 Hydroxycut Hardcore Shredded Stack Kit120ct 631656500585 Hydroxycut 60 Rapid Release Caplets

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