Navigating the legal landscape of weight loss supplements

According to the FDA​, “Hidden ingredients are increasingly becoming a problem in products promoted for weight loss,​” prompting the agency to keep a close eye on the category. 

“This is a red flag category for regulators at all levels – FDA, FTC, State Attorney Generals – as well as the class action bar,” ​cautioned Attorney Marc Ullman of counsel at Rivkin Radler LLP. “The category is directed at what FDA and FTC consider a vulnerable population and historically has been rife with products making exaggerated if not fraudulent claims.”  

FDA has been scrutinizing over-the-counter products, frequently represented as dietary supplements, which contain hidden active ingredients. Consumers may unknowingly take products laced with varying quantities of approved prescription drug ingredients, controlled substances, and untested and unstudied pharmaceutically active ingredients,” ​explained Attorney Pooja Nair, partner at Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP. “In June and July 2021, FDA released public notifications through its medication health fraud website section advising consumers not to purchase certain products promoted and sold for weight loss due to these hidden ingredients.​”

Amazon also got an advisory letter from FDA, detailing violative products that the Agency bought on Amazon’s website.  That prompted the ecommerce giant to update its specifications for dietary supplements with a new set of requirements​ for sellers of weight management and also made changes to COA stipulations.

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