What does it mean when the FDA approved diet pill? Does it mean it is safe?
This gets a little confusing for me when I see prescription drug commercials on television with disclaimers and warnings of heart attack, stroke and blood clots at the end of all the other information given about their product.
The only difference to me between a product like say ephedra and an FDA approved diet pill is that the FDA personally warns you of the possible side effects. Yet the FDA approved diet pill stays on the market and the non-approved diet pill gets banned.
When really the reason why the non-approved diet pill was never approved is because money wasn’t spent on research. The reason money wasn’t spent on research is because the profit potential for the drug companies just wasn’t there.
You will NEVER see an all natural diet pill approved by the FDA since an all natural substance cannot be patented. Pharmaceutical companies won’t spend the money on the research unless they can come away with an exclusive patent. Otherwise another company can come along and produce a product with the same substance in it and become their competition.
A prime example of this is Hoodia. Hoodia will never be approved by the FDA simply because it will never be researched to that extent.
A plant cannot be patented, and the main chemical in hoodia cannot be manufactured or isolated in an economical manner. Therefore it will not be researched for approval. (research is too expensive to not come out of it with an exclusive patent)
Don’t let the fact that Hoodia has not been approved by the FDA deter you from using it. I know first hand that if you get Hoodia from an authentic reliable source it does work. And the history of it’s usage has shown that there are no side effects.
I think an all natural supplement such as Hoodia, that has thousands of years behind it proving it’s safety, is much better to use than an FDA approved diet pill that has yet to prove it’s long term safety.