FDA warns HCG diet products are illegal

Posted by Sarah Showard | Dec 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Food and Drug Administration last week posted a warning on its website against homeopathic products containing the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) that are used for weight loss with severe 500-calories-per-day dieting. The agency also notes that a 500-calorie-a-day diet poses a variety of health risks, including malnutrition, gallstones, electrolyte imbalance and irregular heartbeat. The notice states that

selling over-the-counter products containing hCG is illegal. While the hormone is approved for use by prescription to treat female infertility it is not approved as a weight-loss drug.

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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 Womens Studies. She then graduated from New York University School of Law in 1988. Sarah began practice initially as an insurance defense attorne...


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