Diuretic found in StarCaps
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
Balanced Health Products voluntarily recalls one lot of the weight-loss supplement, which contained the undeclared diuretic bumetanide, FDA says Nov. 24. Bumetanide can cause serious loss of fluids and electrolytes and elevated uric acid concentrations. The New York City-based firm's president, Nikki Haskell, suspended shipment of StarCaps after National Football League players alleged the product was tainted after they were suspended for testing positive for bumetanide, which may mask steroid use (1"The Tan Sheet" Nov. 3, 2008, In Brief)
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