FDA announces recall of diet pill Hydroxycut

May 1, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Government health officials are announcing the recall of popular weight loss pill Hydroxycut, after reports of liver damage and other health problems. Food and Drug Administration officials said Friday the manufacturer of Hydroxycut has launched a nationwide recall of the dietary supplement, used by people trying to shed pounds and by body builders to sharpen their muscles.

Hydroxycut is advertised as made from natural ingredients. It accounts for about 90 percent of the market for weight loss supplements, with sales of about 1 million bottles a year.

Dietary supplements are not as tightly regulated by the government as medications. Manufacturers don't need FDA approval ahead of time before marketing their products.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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