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FDA cites spas’ fat-melting claims

Associated Press / April 8, 2010

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WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on what are billed as fat-melting injections used in spas across the United States, saying the drugs have not been proven safe or effective.

Lipodissolve injections, a popular nonsurgical alternative to liposuction, are used to dissolve small fat deposits around the legs, arms, and belly. The FDA said yesterday the drugs have not been cleared by federal scientists, as required by law.

The agency issued warnings to a half-dozen spas that offer the injections, citing them for making unsubstantiated claims about lipodissolve therapy.

FDA regulators called on the spas to stop using such claims and notify the agency within 15 working days of steps they are taking to correct the violations.

Spas that offer the injections say they are safe and effective. But public safety advocates have called for proof.