Herbal supplements containing ingredients from prescription drugs, even Viagra, lead to calls for more regulations

April 6, 2015 5:08 PM

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WASHINGTON -- In recent months, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found weight-loss herbal supplements containing sibutramine -- a key ingredient in a prescription drug removed from U.S. markets five years ago because the agency said it contributed to heart problems and strokes.

It also found some sexual performance and weight loss herbal supplements with a key ingredient from the prescription drug Viagra, which the agency said shouldn't be dispensed without medical supervision.

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