Hydroxycut Recall and Lawsuits
On May 1, 2009 a msnbc.msn.com article says “reports of severe liver damage an death have caused U.S. Food and Drug Administration to order a recall of Hydroxycut“. At the time of the article, 23 claims of “liver problems, including the death of a 19-year-old boy” had been reported to the FDA.
Hydroxycut Lawsuits Have Been Consolidated
Hydroxycut lawsuits have been consolidated into a MDL (multidistrict litigation) reports aboutlawsuits.com. “According to an order issued October 6, there are at least 16 Hydroxycut lawsuits pending against the manufacturer, Iovate Health Sciences, in 12 different federal districts throughout the United States.” The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation concluded, “all of the cases involve sufficiently similar questions of fact to justify consolidation.”
“Multidistrict litigation is a procedure utilized in the federal court system to transfer to one federal judge all pending civil cases of a similar type filed throughout the United States,” explains classactionlitigation.com. Essentially cases that are very similar are rolled into one with the goal to be efficient use of the judicial process.
Supplements Versus Drugs
Hydroxycut is a dietary supplement, not a drug. This important distinction greatly changes the role the FDA plays regarding the product. According to the FDA website fda.gov “dietary supplements are regulated under a different set of regulations than those covering ‘conventional’ foods and drug products. The dietary supplement manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that a dietary supplement is safe before it is marketed. FDA is responsible for taking action against any unsafe dietary supplement product after it reaches the market.”
Hydroxycut – What Is My Next Step
To read the FDA warning visit the FDA website.