Alternative Medicine

A1 Slim Recalled – Illegal Drug Found

Kiriko, LLC. has announced a recall covering all lots of a “dietary supplement” called A1 Slim because the product is illegally tainted with 3 potentially dangerous substances that are not admitted to on the product’s label.

In its press release about the recall, the company disclosed that the tampering was discovered during tests done by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA. The company did not say what, if anything, prompted the agency to test the supplement but did claim that it had not received any reports of anyone actually being injured or sickened by the product.

Kiriko did not offer any explanation for how or when the admitted tainting occurred.

Three undisclosed substances were found, the company says. Those are:

  • Sibutramine
  • Phenolphthalein
  • N-Desmethyl sibutramine.

Sibutramine was an appetite suppressant and weight loss drug once widely available under brand names like Meridia and Reductil. It was pulled from the U.S. market in 2010 after it was linked to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, especially in people with a history of certain medical problems. Today, sibutramine is perhaps best known for being one of the drugs most often used to illegally spike weight loss supplements.

N-Desmethyl sibutramine is an active metabolite of sibutramine.

Phenolphthalein saw a century-long history of use as a laxative but was identified as a probable carcinogen in the mid-1990s. In 1999 the FDA officially reclassified phenolphthalein as “not generally recognized as safe and effective”.

None of these substances are currently legal for use in over-the-counter products.

A1 Slim was available in stores and through mail-order, nationwide until this summer. If you think you might have some on hand, you’ll want to look for a white plastic bottle with a white screw-on cap. The UPC is A105212014. All lot numbers are covered by this recall.

Of course, if you do find some of this in your possession you are urged not to take any of it. Return it, the company says, to your place of purchase. And if you need more information you can contact A1 Slim’s distributor directly by callingĀ 832-228-3613.


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