Fruta Planta products being recalled on mass scale
Weight-loss product poses health risk to those with heart disease
Fruta Planta, along with Reduce Weight Fruta Planta, weight loss products available in major supermarkets is being recalled y the Food and Drug Administration. The product has been traced to several heart attacks and one death.
The FDA has received multiple reports of adverse events associated with the use of Fruta Planta.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The maker of the product, Kissimmee-based PRock Marketing has recalled the product. Officials want to remind consumers that both Fruta Planta reduce Weight Fruta Planta is the same product, marketed under two different names.
FDA testing found that the weight-loss product contains sibutramine, a drug that was pulled from the market in December for safety reasons. Sibutramine is known to increase blood pressure and pulse rate in some patients. The chemical may present a serious risk for those with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke.
Sibutramine also may interact in life-threatening ways with other medications a patient may be taking.
Consumers should stop using the product immediately and throw it away in a sealed container in order that animals and children cannot gain access to it. Consumers may reach the company at 877-225-1009 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
In addition, the FDA has received multiple reports of adverse events associated with the use of Fruta Planta.
Consumers who have experienced any negative side effects should consult a doctor or their health-care professional as soon as possible. Health-care professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of this product to the FDA\'s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program by either completing and submitting the adverse report Online: http://www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm; downloading the pre-addressed, postage-paid FDA Form 3500 (or calling 1-800-332-1088 to request the form), completing it and faxing it to 1-800-FDA-0178; or mailing the completed form to MedWatch 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857.
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