A coffee that is delicious and helps trim your waistline? If that sounds too good to be true, you would be right. Even though the product may be effective for some, it is downright dangerous for other consumers. Texas residents who have purchased Vitaccino, a “slimming” herbal coffee product, should know that this beverage contains dangerous chemicals. This dangerous product reportedly includes the compound sibutramine, which had been marketed as a weight loss drug. It was pulled from U.S. markets in 2010.
Officials with the Food and Drug Administration say that sibutramine often interacts with other prescription medications, which is why it was banned from U.S. retailers several years ago. Studies show that it can increase risk for consumers who suffer from heart conditions. The drug has been shown to significantly increase the likelihood of serious cardiovascular problems such as stroke and heart attack, according to professionals.
Vitaccino is not the only product known to contain sibutramine; in fact, the FDA has found the compound in more than 30 similar supplements since January of last year. Some of those include other coffee drinks, but capsules and supplement powders have also been found to contain the substance. FDA experts say that this compound is characterized as a dangerous product because it lead to cause life-threatening drug interactions.
Victims who have suffered adverse health events because of such supplements may be entitled to financial compensation from the manufacturer of the dangerous product. A personal injury attorney in Texas may be able to provide additional information about victims’ legal rights. Family members of those who have died because of dangerous compounds in supplement products may also be eligible for monetary awards. No one should have to suffer the loss of a loved one because of a negligent manufacturer.
Source: The Plain Dealer, “Vitaccino “slimming” coffee contains dangerous withdrawn weight loss drug Meridia, FDA warns” Brie Zeltner, Mar. 20, 2014