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FDA: 20 brands of diet pills contain banned drug

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There's a consumer alert from the Federal Drug Administration about diet pills.

Officials say 20 brands of diet pills contain a banned prescription drug called sibutramine.

The drug is better known under the brand name Meridia. It was pulled off the shelves a year ago because it was linked to heart attacks and stroke.

The FDA says products marketed under names like "A-Slim 100% Natural Slimming Capsules," "P57 Hoodia," "PhentaBurn Slimming Capsules," and "Dream Body Slimming Capsules" were found to contain the banned drug.

According to the FDA warning, "The product poses a threat to consumers because sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke.  This product may also interact in life-threatening ways with other medications a consumer may be taking."

Click here for a link to products listed in the FDA warnings.

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