Lucy Weight Loss System pills, sold under the names “Pink Bikini” and “Shorts on the Beach”, have been voluntarily recalled due to two potentially harmful ingredients. According to a recall notice posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ‘s (FDA’s) website, random testing by the agency revealed that the pills contained sibutramine and phenolphthalein.
The recall affects all lots of Pink Bikini and Shorts on the Beach distributed May 25-June 23 2015. The weight loss pills are packaged in a clear bottle in blue and gold. Recalled lots have an expiration date of 7/30/2017.
Sibutramine was withdrawn from the U.S. market in 2010; it is an appetite suppressant that increases blood pressure and pulse rate. In some patients, the substance can increase the risk of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke. Phenolphthalein is not approved in the US because it has been linked to an increased risk of cancer. In the past, it was used in over-the-counter laxatives. The recall notice states that “Health risks associated with phenolphthalein could include potentially serious gastrointestinal disturbances, irregular heartbeat, and cancer with long-term use. These undeclared ingredients make these products unapproved new drugs for which safety and efficacy have not been established. These products may also interact in life-threatening ways with other medications a consumer may be taking.”