Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Health Ministry bans two slimming products

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry has advised consumers not to buy and use two unregistered slimming products found to contain the scheduled poison sibutramine.

The two slimming products are Collagen Slim and Beautiful Slim Body, used for beauty and slimming, sold widely via the internet.

MOH senior director of Pharmaceutical Services, Datuk Eisah Abdul Rahman said tests conducted by the National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau (NPCB ) found that Collagen Slim contains excessive dose of sibutramine.

"Sibutramine is a controlled drug used for the treatment of obesity. All medicine containing sibutramine has been withdrawn registration on Dec 23, 2012 for increased risk of cardiovascular disease," she said in a statement.

Among other side effects include increased heart rate, blood pressure, dry mouth and throat, vomiting, diarrhoea, headache and sleeping difficulty. - Bernama

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