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Phillips’ Gelcaps Pulled From Stores

Tue., June 3, 1997, midnight

Bayer Corp. said Monday it is pulling its Phillips’ Gelcaps laxative from stores nationwide, citing Food and Drug Administration concerns about a possibly cancer-causing ingredient.

In a report last month to a committee of the Food and Drug Administration, federal scientists said rats developed cancer after six months of a diet laced with phenolphthalein, an ingredient in some popular laxatives.

Bayer said it doesn’t expect to resume sales of Gelcaps, despite no evidence of people developing cancer from phenolphthalein.

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