Cider vinegar supplement recall
Cider vinegar (the "magical" supplement touted as therapy for a huge laundry list of medical conditions) is also promoted for weight loss. And it seems that one cider vinegar product might actually have been effective in doing that, only not in the way its users expected.
The cider vinegar supplement "MetaboslimTM" has been recalled after it was found that it had been adulterated with a prescription weight loss drug, silbutramine.
People unknowingly ingesting this drug were at risk of side effects including high blood pressure (which needs to be monitored in those prescribed silbutramine) and potentially harmful interactions with other meds.
This revelation follows other recent stories in which an "herbal sex pill" was discovered to contain the active ingredient in Cialis, and the recall of three red yeast rice supplements which had been adulterated with lovastatin, the basis for the cholesterol drug Mevacor.
Those who call for gutting the FDA's oversight functions in the name of "health freedom" might want to rethink their views on the safety of supplements.