Drug-Tainted Turmeric Supplements Linked to Scandinavian deaths
A brand of turmeric food supplements containing a drug called nimesulide has been linked to two deaths and several liver damage cases in Scandinavia. Nimesulide is an anti-inflammatory drug known to cause liver problems.
The product in question, branded as Fortodol or Leppin Miradin, drew the attention of medical agencies after 11 liver-related adverse event reports in Sweden and a further five in Norway.
Fortodol and Miradin are usually sold via the internet as food supplements, often accompanied by unsubstantiated claims that they relieve arthritis, muscle pains and headaches.
The products are made by a Californian company called Donsbach.
NutraIngredients.Com March 23, 2009http://www.nutraingredients.com/Regulation/Tainted-turmeric-supplements-linked-to-Scandinavian-deaths