June 3, 1997 in Nation/World

Phillips’ Gelcaps Pulled From Stores

Compiled From Wire Services

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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