Dieter, beware: Most pill and plan claims not scrutinized before sale

Posted by Sarah Showard | Aug 23, 2012 | 0 Comments


Americans spend more than $62 billion each year on pills and diet plans that claim to melt the pounds away – but those promises aren't guaranteed to work. Most diet pills haven't even been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as safe for weight loss. Diet pill makers often claim their products have science behind them when they don't, experts told USAToday.

Many Americans might be surprised to learn that diet pills don't have to be registered with the FDA before they are sold. The FDA investigates only if the pills are proven to cause harm, experts say.

So many new diet pills hit the market each year that the FDA can't keep up with its own list of manufacturers that make false and misleading claims or its list of “tainted” weight-loss supplements, USAToday reported.

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Sarah Showard

Sarah Showard graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English-Linguistics and a Certification in Women's Studies. She then graduated from New York University School of Law in 1988. Sarah began practice initially as an insurance defense attorney, and has been representing plaintiffs since 1990. Sarah has a son, Benjamin, who recently graduated from The Gregory School and will attend ASU in the fall, with future plans to attend law school and eventually join Showard Law Firm. In her spare time Sarah enjoys horseback riding and spending time in Sonoita with her husband Peter.


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