Reumofan Plus supplement being sold as WOWDec 24, 2012
Federal health officials are warning the public to avoid a dangerous dietary supplement sold as WOW.
The Food and Drug Administration said this week that WOW is really just another product in disguise and the agency has already determined that the original product is dangerous and could result in serious side effects and maybe death for people who take this specific product.
It was only earlier this year that the agency warned the public that the dietary supplement marketed as "all natural" Reumofan Plus actually contains hidden pharmaceutical ingredients. Any product that contains pharmaceutical agents must be approved by the FDA and millions of packages of dietary supplements like these products are able to reach the consumer market by failing to disclose the fact that they contain these products.
Instead, dietary supplements often purport to contain "natural" ingredients. In the case of WOW - really just the repackaged Reumofan Plus - the supplement is taken in the treatments of bone cancer or arthritis. If a dietary supplement product contains and undeclared ingredient, the agency works to warn the public of this fact and the risks associated with taking such products. It also begins a process to get these and other products off the market.
An agency spokesman said this week that several manufacturers of WOW are simply taking unsold supplies of Reumofan Plus and putting a WOW label on them and selling them back to consumers. The FDA said that WOW is being sold through online distributors and also at the retail level in some locations.
The FDA said it has received dozens of reports of serious injuries that have resulted from people taking Reumofan Plus. The agency said that a few reactions have been fatal but did not specify an exact amount. Most often, people who experience dangerous side effects from taking Reumofan Plus suffer from liver injuries, severe bleeding episodes, corticosteroid withdrawl syndrome, adrenal suppression, and stroke.
According to the FDA's statement based on its research, samples of WOW contained the same undeclared ingredients as Reumofan Plus, including dexamethasone, diclofenac sodium, and methocarbamol. Officials urge anyone taking either Reumofan Plus or WOW to stop taking it immediately and to consult their physician to determine if any injuries have resulted from taking this particular supplement.