February 15, 2001Anso Comfort Capsules Recalled -
Ingredient Poses Danger if not Medically Supervised
CA (SafetyAlerts) - Consumers should
immediately stop using the herbal product Anso Comfort capsules because it contains the
undeclared prescription drug chlordiazepoxide, California State Health Director Diana
Bontá, R.N., Dr. P.H., warned today.
Chlordiazepoxide, available by
prescription either by its generic name or the trade name Librium, is
used for anxiety and as a sedative and can be dangerous if not taken under medical
The Arcadia-based distributor, NuMeridian, formerly known as Top Line Project USA Group
Inc., is voluntarily recalling the product nationwide. An investigation by the California
Department of Health Services (DHS) Food and Drug Branch and Food and Drug
Laboratory found that the product contains chlordiazepoxide. The ingredients for the
product were imported from China and the capsules manufactured in California.
A San Francisco woman was hospitalized in January with life threatening low blood sugar
after consuming Anso Comfort capsules. The woman has a history of diabetes and high blood
pressure. The hospitalization may have been due to a drug interaction of the
chlordiazepoxide and the prescribed medications for her other medical conditions. She is
expected to fully recover. Her physician referred the case to DHS for investigation by the
California Poison Control System.
Bontá advised consumers to stop using Anso Comfort capsules and seek medical advice,
especially if they currently are using prescribed medication. Chlordiazepoxide, a
controlled substance, adds to the effects of alcohol and other central nervous system
depressants. It also may be habit forming.
Advertising for the product claims the capsules are useful for the treatment of a wide
variety of illnesses, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol, in addition to
claims of being a natural herbal dietary supplement. The advertising also claims that the
product only contains Chinese herbal ingredients and that consumers may reduce or stop
their need for prescribed medicines. No clear medical evidence supports any of these
Consumers should not reduce or stop using their prescribed medicines without talking
to their health care providers, Bontá emphasized. It is also crucial that
consumers consult with their health care providers when they are taking an herbal product
or dietary supplement.
Anso Comfort capsules were available by mail or telephone order from the distributor. The
capsules, available in 60-capsule bottles, are clear with dark green powder inside. The
label is yellow with green English printing and a picture of a plant. The UPC number is
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will assist in the follow-up investigation to
monitor the recall throughout the United States. Consumers who have any Anso Comfort
should return the product to NuMeridian, located at 630 W. Duarte Road, No. 204, Arcadia
CA 91007, or dispose of it safely to prevent exposure to children and pets.
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