Last month US FDA issued seven Warning Letters to companies marketing over-the counter (OTC) HCG products that are labeled as “homeopathic” for weight loss. The letters warn the companies that they are violating federal law by selling drugs that have not been approved, and by making unsupported claims for the substances. There are no FDA-approved HCG drug products for weight loss.
Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a hormone produced by the human placenta and found in the urine of pregnant women. HCG is FDA-approved as an injectable prescription drug for the treatment of some cases of female infertility and other medical conditions.
The labeling for the “homeopathic” HCG products states that each product should be taken in conjunction with a very low calorie diet. There is no substantial evidence HCG increases weight loss beyond that resulting from the recommended caloric restriction. Consumers on a very low calorie diet are at increased risk for side effects including gallstone formation, electrolyte imbalance, and heart arrhythmias.
“These HCG products marketed over-the-counter are unproven to help with weight loss and are potentially dangerous even if taken as directed,” said Ilisa Bernstein, acting director of the Office of Compliance in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “And a very low calorie diet should only be used under proper medical supervision.”
“Deceptive advertising about weight loss products (Homeopathic HCG) is one of the most prevalent types of fraud,” said David Vladeck, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “Any advertiser who makes health claims about a product is required by federal law to back them up with competent and reliable scientific evidence, so consumers have the accurate information they need to make good decisions.”
That means, those homeopathic HCG products are routed or shipped to India, where homeopathy is in main stream of healthcare system as AYUSH. People are aware about homeopathic medicines. And, some how those spurious drugs are going to be maliciously implanted here.
Another twist I noticed that certain homeopathic pharmacies are ready to exploit the popularity of homeopathic HCG. They have created certain homeopathic patents which are not having any HCG but a mixture of certain homeopathic medicines in potency, like, Anacardium Occ, Antimonium Crud, Calc Carb for obesity, Fucus Ves for thyroid support, Kali Bichromicum, Oleander, Sabadilla, Staphysagia to curb stress eating, Adrenalinum for glandular support, ACTH, Cortisone, Hypothalamus for appetite regulation, Pituitarum to help with HGH production, Thyroidinum for metabolic support, and more. And keeping the name of product as “Homeopathic HCG”.Dr Anil Singhal