Sibutramine in weight loss drug causes recall

Fruta Planta and Reduce Weight Fruta Planta produced by PRock Marketing LLC, of Kissimmee, Fla. are being recalled due to the fact that those products contain sibutramine according to an FDA press release. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information Sibutramine was withdrawn from the market by the manufacturer due to the results of a clinical study.

Patent technology note: United States Patent 6,538,034 to Jerussi, et al. entitled “Methods of treating or preventing weight gain, obesity, and related disorders” teaches the oral consumption of sibutramine metabolites for the treatment of obesity.  Consumers should be aware that the fact that a product may be patented is no indication that that product or ingredient is safe.