There have been several recalls issued in 2009 for pharmaceutical products in the United States. Notably, Hydroxycut was recalled, due to 23 reports of serious health problems as a result of taking the product. Hydroxycut are dietary supplements marketed as weigh-loss pills, fat burners, energy-enhancers, low-carb diet aids, and for water loss. Such health problems ranged from jaundice and high levels of liver enzymes (an indicator of possible liver injury), to cardiovascular disorders, and liver damage requiring liver transplant. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported one death due to liver failure in an individual taking the product.
Several versions of the Zicam cold remedy were also recalled in 2009, because of numerous reports of individuals losing their sense of smell. The recall includes the Nasal Gel and Nasal Swab versions of the product. Consumers are advised to immediately stop using both versions of the product.