Health Law Highlights

FDA Warns Against Unauthorized Fat-Melting Injection Treatments

From NBC News, by Berkeley Lovelace Jr.:

  • The FDA has issued a warning about the dangers of using unauthorized versions of fat-dissolving injections, citing reports of severe side effects such as scarring, infections, and skin deformities.
  • These injections, also known as lipolysis injections, are typically used in problem areas such as the chin, legs, upper arms, and abdomen.
  • While the FDA has approved one injection, Kybella, from Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, there are many unapproved versions being sold at clinics and med spas, as well as online.
  • Common ingredients in these unapproved injections, such as phosphatidylcholine and sodium deoxycholate, have not been approved by the FDA.
  • The FDA advises against purchasing fat-dissolving products from websites, as they may be ineffective and carry a risk of severe side effects. If experiencing side effects from these injections, it is recommended to see a healthcare provider.