Metabolife 356 Dangers
356 is a diet pill that contains ephedra in the form of a
Chinese herb Ma Huang. Ephedra is an herbal stimulant that
increases the heart rate and raises blood pressure. Ephedra
appetite suppressants have been linked to strokes, seizures,
heart attacks, and even sudden death.
is now the nation's leading maker of ephedra supplements,
which stimulate the nervous system and speed up metabolism.
Metabolife has also been used to enhance athletic performance.
However, many athletic organizations, including the International
Olympic Committee and the NCAA, have banned Metabolife due
to concerns about its safety.
request of the FDA, the Justice Department is conducting a
criminal investigation into whether Metabolife International
lied to federal regulators about the safety of their ephedra-based
weight control pills. Public Citizens Health Research Group
in Washington, D.C. is calling for a total ban on ephedra.
Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen, said, "A
responsible company shouldn't sell products like this."
Awards $4.6 million in Metabolife Lawsuit Settlement
19, 2002, Metabolife International was ordered to pay $4.6
million to four people who had strokes or heart attacks after
taking Metabolife 356, the company's ephedra diet pills. A
federal jury in Birmingham, Alabama, found Metabolife's product
was "unreasonably dangerous" under the state's manufacturer
liability laws. The decision was made after reviewing testimony
by expert witnesses and thousands of complaints that
Metabolife recently turned over to federal regulators.