Is Hydroxycut approved by the FDA?

If there are so many concerns about Hydroxycut, how did it ever get on the market?

That is the way the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set it up. Products that have been proven to prevent or cure a disease are monitored by the FDA, which must approve the drugs before they reach the market. Diet supplements, like Hydroxycut, on the other hand, do not require FDA approval before reaching market. So even though Hydroxycut has been blamed for more than 20 reports of liver-related ailments, including the death of a teenager, and though heart and muscle problems have been blamed on Hydroxycut, it was still allowed on the market. It was only after it was on the market that the FDA took action.

GlaxoSmithKline PLC, a huge drug maker, is asking the FDA to make companies that manufacture dietary supplements prove their products are safe and effective before hitting market. GlaxoSmithKline is not doing this out of a sense of duty and humanity. It makes Alli, the top-selling non-prescription diet supplement, which does have FDA approval because it is considered a medication. Of course, companies that make diet supplements are crying foul, saying GlaxoSmithKline is just trying to keep the competition at bay.

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Dietary Supplements

Whether you're visiting the drug store, grocery or natural food shop you'll likely find an aisle where there are jars and bottles of things for you to put in your body that are neither foods nor medicines. Ranging from vitamins an...

d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.

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