Weight-Loss Pills A Dangerous And Unregulated Market

weightloss pillsWashington, D.C. (AHN) - Americans are buying weight-loss pills from companies that are skirting around laws from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and avoiding regulation.

Dr. Louis Aronne tells CBS, "[These drugs] combine the worst of both worlds. There's no proof of effectiveness and no proof of safety. Why would you take something like this?"

According to estimates, Americans are spending $35 billion a year on weight-loss products, many of which have little-to-no effectiveness, and others actually harm patients.

In a poll by CBS, most Americans, 64 percent, think the government requires warnings about side effects on weight loss products. It doesn't. And most, 54 percent, think the products are approved for safety by the FDA. They're not.

Aronne says "These products need to be held to a standard that's closer to the standards that we use for medications that are used to treat serious health problems."

source AHN