A recent analysis by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found undeclared sibutramine and phenolphthalein in dietary supplement products marketed as "La'Trim Plus", "Oasis", and "Jenesis". BeeXtreme LLC, a major seller of these products, is recalling all lots of these brands from the market.
Sibutramine and phenolphthalein can both pose significant health hazards. Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant that was withdrawn from the US market in October 2010. It is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or heart rate, and may therefore present a significant risk for individuals with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke.
Phenolphthalein is an ingredient previously used in over-the-counter laxatives, but because of concerns of carcinogenicity, it is not currently approved for the US market. Additional health risks associated with phenolphthalein can include serious gastrointestinal disturbances as well as an irregular heartbeat.
Within the recent recall notice the FDA urged all applicable supplement retailers to determine if they have any of the above brands on hand; and if so, to discontinue selling them and promptly dispose of all identified products. These undeclared compounds can have serious implications for many individuals; with the current situation allowing them to inadvertently ingest something that can actually put their life in danger.