Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Weight-loss remedy using human placenta protein outlawed

Federal regulators are ordering several companies to stop selling an unproven weight-loss remedy that uses protein from the human placenta.

The Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to seven companies that sell — whether as drops, pellets or sprays — human chorionic gonadotropin, which is produced by the placenta and found in the urine of pregnant women. While it is approved for certain infertility treatments, the FDA said there is no evidence it helps reduce weight.

Many of the products cited in the warning letters claim to change “abnormal eating patterns,” and help people lose 20 to 30 pounds in as little as a month when used with a low-calorie diet, usually around 500 calories per day.

The companies cited by regulators have 15 days to respond and detail how they intend to remove their products from the market. Failure to do so may result in legal action, including seizure and injunction, or criminal prosecution

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