Your Tax Dollars At Work: FDA Warns HCG Marketers


"It's been three months. That HCG should kick in right about now."

Ooooh!  I’m sure they’re shaking in their boots.

I ran across a patient in the emergency department a couple months ago who coincidentally happened to be taking over-the-counter HCG oral drops for help with weight loss.  She didn’t ask my opinion, so I didn’t give it.

Now the FDA has sent a stern warning letter to seven HCG diet marketers to cease and desist.  I started seeing ads for homeopathic oral HCG at least a year ago.  And the FDA is just now getting around to the letters?

The Science-Based Medicine blog can teach you about homeopathy.

Here’s a snippet from the first FDA link above:

Miller explains that HCG was first promoted for weight loss in the 1950s. “It faded in the 1970s, especially when it became apparent that there was a lack of evidence to support the use of HCG for weight loss,” she says.

The diet has become popular again and FDA and FTC are taking action on illegal HCG products. “You cannot sell products claiming to contain HCG as an OTC drug product. It’s illegal,” says Brad Pace, team leader and regulatory counsel at FDA’s Health Fraud and Consumer Outreach Branch. “If these companies don’t heed our warnings, they could face enforcement actions, legal penalties or criminal prosecution.” 

You think these HCG marketers didn’t know from the git-go that what they were doing was illegal?

I’d have thought the FDA already had enough poop to start enforcement actions.

But what do I know?

Steve Parker, M.D.



Filed under Drugs for Diabetes, Weight Loss

4 responses to “Your Tax Dollars At Work: FDA Warns HCG Marketers

  1. I hate to say it, but my observation and interaction with FDA with fingerstick technology and certain CGMS product mis-behaviour and lack of help has been most disappointing.

    Irregardless of whom I politically support and my particular concerns, one could be more sympathetic to FDA if their decisions had more of a solomonesque response rather than what appears is a defense and non response that bests supports the agressors and transgressors.

    At a time when peoples 401K pension plans get flattened, horrendous bad loans and toxic debts are flatening the worlds economies and these beauaucracies sit sullen, silent and impotent, maybe those who say government is too big and non serving to us who actually pay the bills, it is really time to cut back, layoff and skipp all these extensive regulations accomplishing nothing.

  2. Buladi

    FDA take a decision against HCG diet. But the people never accept this, because they want to use hcg diet for body fitness and weight loss.

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