Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal
Trade Commission (FTC) have issued seven letters to companies warning
them that they are selling illegal homeopathic HCG weight-loss drugs
that have not been approved by the FDA, and that make unsupported
claims. For additional information visit www.fda.gov/hcgdiet
The FDA does not evaluate homeopathic products for safety and
effectiveness. However, those that meet certain conditions set by FDA
can be marketed. A list of active ingredients that may legally be used
in homeopathics are included in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States. HCG is NOT on this list and therefore cannot be legally sold as homeopathic medication for any purpose.
HCG is approved by the FDA as a prescription drug for the treatment
of female infertility, and other medical conditions. It is not approved
for weight loss. Currently, however, physicians can legally prescribe
HCG â??off-labelâ? for weight loss. Off-label prescribing is a legal and
common practice. Prescribing HCG off-label is OK for now but that could
change if the FDA chooses to change their stance. There is precedent
for denying off-label prescribing for specific products such as HGH
(human growth hormone).
Diet and lifestyle changes seem
to be safest, most reliable and effective way of losing weight. Many
might say that have tried this strategy but was not successful. The
reason behind it might be that they are not doing it right or simply
there might be an underlying cause that is preventing them from losing
weight. Examples of underlying causes are hypothyroidism, leptin resistance, and adrenal fatigue.
Checking in with a physician is probably "the weight to go", preventing
you from getting discouraged from your weight loss regimen.