Lafayette

May 9, 2012 10:27 AM by AP

Federal prosecutors allege illegal diet sales

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Federal prosecutors allege the owner of a Lafayette herbal supplement business sold products containing a prescription diet drug that was taken off the market in 2010 on health concerns

The Advocate reports Thuy Thikim Nguyen faces federal charges related to the marketing of unapproved drugs in weight-loss supplements allegedly sold through Chailan Herbal Care over the Internet and at a business in Lafayette.

Prosecutors also are seeking authority to seize over $365,000 in proceeds from the alleged sale of the supplements from September 2009 to October 2011.

Federal prosecutors allege that Nguyen marketed weight-loss products under the names Extreme Body Reshape and Figure Reshape that both contained the drug Sibutramine.

Sibutramine was taken off the market after clinical trials found it increased the chances of heart attack and stroke.

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