Bee Pollen Capsules Contain Hidden Drug Ingredient

The FDA is advising consumers not to purchase or use Ultimate Formula Bee Pollen Capsules by Ultimate Formula, a product promoted and sold for weight loss.

Laboratory analysis confirmed that the product contains sibutramine (previously marketed as Meridia), a controlled substance that was removed from the market in October 2010 for safety reasons.  Sibutramine is known to significantly increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a risk for patients with a history of cardiovascular conditions (eg, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke).  This product may also have fatal interactions with other medications a consumer may be taking.

The FDA recommends that consumers should stop using this product and throw it away immediately.

Ultimate Formula Bee Pollen Capsules are promoted on and possibly sold in some retail stores.

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