Globe All Wellness recalled all lots of its Slim Xtreme herbal slimming capsule upon learning that the Food and Drug Administration determined the product contains the undeclared drug ingredient sibutramine.
Sibutramine was the active ingredient in the prescription weight-loss drug Meridia, which had been pulled off the U.S. market due to increased risk of cardiovascular events or stroke.
Sibutramine is used in combination with a reduced calorie diet and exercise to help people who are overweight lose weight and maintain their weight loss. Sibutramine is in a class of medications called appetite suppressants. It works by acting on appetite control centers in the brain to decrease appetite
The manufacturer suggested that the products the FDA tested were sold by an unauthorized dealer but was recalling all lots “as a precautionary measure.” The products were sold either through the Internet or on-site at the company's Hollywood, Fla., headquarters, Globe All Wellness stated.