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Hydroxycut Recall

On May 1, 2009, the US FDA issued a warning to consumers to stop using most Hydroxycut products, due to reports of liver problems associated with the use of Hydroxycut.

If you're planning on slipping into bikini season by using the diet pill, Hydroxycut, think twice. The popular diet pill was recalled after 23 cases of liver problems, and an extreme case- where a 19 year-old boy was killed.

While health officials can't pinpoint whether the "natural" ingredients in Hydroxycut are potentially dangerous to consumers, the weight loss pill is currently targeted for health problems ranging from jaundice to liver failure.

Hydroxycut is a nutritional supplement marketed by Iovate Health Sciences Inc., designed to help consumers lose weight. It is sold at conventional retailers, such as GNC and Wal-Mart, online retailers and through direct television marketing. Currently sold in the United States without ephedra, it advertises under a marketing slogan of a product that increases metabolism and reduces hunger cravings. Its primary ingredients include garcinia cambogia, gymnema sylvestre, chromium polynicotinate, caffeine, green tea. Like many nutraceuticals, its efficacy has been questioned by the media.

According to published studies, some ingredients in the Hydroxycut formula may help obese patients lose up to 4.5 times the weight than they would with just diet and exercise alone. This is supported by two 8-week studies in which all groups followed a diet and exercise plan, subjects using ingredients similar to those in Hydroxycut lost, on average, significantly more weight than subjects who were using a placebo (14.99 vs. 3.06 lbs and 12.54 vs. 3.53 lbs).

Hydroxycut promotes itself as being created and endorsed by doctors. Television advertisements for Hydroxycut feature Jon Marshall, a graduate of Midwestern University's osteopathic medical school, still in residency. Hydroxycut is also endorsed by Marvin Heuer, Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Florida, formulator of Hydroxycut, and Chief Scientific Officer of Iovate Health Sciences, the company that markets the product.

In recent years, Hydroxycut has become available in several forms and formulas. All the versions have been made ephedra-free and include:

Caffeine-Free Hydroxycut – similar to regular Hydroxycut but designed for caffeine-sensitive people.
Hydroxycut 24 - an around-the-clock type of weight-loss product that includes regular Hydroxycut for the daytime and the caffeine-free for the evening.
Hydroxycut Hardcore – a weight-loss supplement for bodybuilders or other sportspersons.
Hydroxycut Max! – a weight-loss supplement for female fitness competitors or other sportswomen.


On March 27, 2003, Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon filed a lawsuit in St. Louis against Hydroxycut's manufacturer MuscleTech Research and Development, Inc stating that claims Hydroxycut was "clinically proven" to be a "fat-burner" were false, specifically:

The product is not "clinically proven" to be a "fat-burner," as MuscleTech claims. MuscleTech's own study showed that Hydroxycut has no efficacy as compared to placebo with the possible exception of an appetite-suppressing effect. Moreover, the serious adverse health risks of Hydroxycut with ephedra – including death – were not adequately described or disclosed in marketing and labelling of the product.

Nixon also alleged that the "before" and "after" photographs were misleading, and that one woman's "before" photo was deceptive because she was recently pregnant. MuscleTech paid $100,000 to settle the case while denying any wrongdoing.

On May 1, 2009, the US FDA issued a warning to consumers to stop using most Hydroxycut products, due to reports of liver problems associated with the use of Hydroxycut.

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