Hydroxycut Recall by the FDA - How Can This Happen and What Might Happen Next?
Potentially scary news for users of the well-known diet pill
Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told consumers to "immediately stop" using Hydroxycut weight-loss pills. It is said that they can cause jaundice and liver failure. If you or a loved are taking them, you should stop right away and call your doctor if you think you may have been affected. A recall has only been issued for 14 of Hydroxycut's products, but apparently their 'Cleanse' and 'Hoodia' formulas were not recalled.
The recall was performed after the FDA received 23 reports of serious health problems after users of the weight-loss pill became ill and one death occurred. According to the FDA, the ingredients that are causing these harmful effects are not yet known and it may take some time to do proper testing.
How Can Something Like This Happen?
Hydroxycut is NOT a pharmaceutical prescription medication. The FDA does not strictly regulate over the counter diet pills, although it has several regulations. Therefore, Hydroxycut was only tested by private test companies that it's manufacturer, Lovate Health Sciences contracted.
It's scary when massive recalls like this occur, but hopefully the 23 reported cases are all that will be out there.
This particular instance of a recall will surely animate the debate on how the FDA currently deals with diet supplements and other OTC (over-the-counter) substances. The last major voluntary recall for an OTC product was in 2007; infant cough syrup was voluntary recalled by several major brands after it was deemed unsafe if an overdose of the product was to occur in an infant.
What's Going to Happen Now?
Stores are beginning to pull all Hydroxycut products from shelves. Any consumer should be able to return their products with a receipt to the place of purchase. If you do not have the receipt, your local store where you purchased the product may still do a return as they'll be refunded by the manufacturer for a returned Hydroxycut product. If you believe that you may have been adversely affected by the product and are considering contacting an attorney to discuss your options, do NOT return the product to your local store for a refund without gaining your attorney's advice first.
It will be interesting to see what develops as extensive tests are performed. Let's hope that these 23 instances of illness (and one death) are the last victims of this product.
Rest assured that you'll start to see top law firms across the country that specialize in torts and class-action suits rising to the occasion and offering free testing for potential Hydroxycut victims. TV, radio and the internet will begin to be inundated over the next few weeks as tests are run to determine the full extent of Hydroxycut's potential damages.
After reading on Hydroxycut's website (now forwarded to hydroxycutinformation.com), it claims that its products are used by millions of customers per year. Even if .005% percent of those customers are found to have been adversely affected by an Hydroxycut products, there could be a major tort case in development over the next few months, with major consequences for Lovate Health Sciences, the manufacturer of Hydroxycut.