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Australia: Safety advisory: Apple's quick-impact weight loss capsules contain undeclared substance sibutramine and phenolphthalein
The Therapeutic Goods Administration has tested Apple's Quick-Impact Weight Loss capsules and found that it contains the undeclared prescription substance sibutramine, despite the product label claim that it is natural and contains no medicines. Sibutramine was withdrawn in October 2010 after a study showed an increased risk of major cardiac events. The levels of sibutramine found in these capsules are above the previously allowable prescription levels. It also contains the undeclared substance phenolphthalein which was previously used as an oral laxative, but is no longer available in Australia due to serious safety concerns associated with its long term use. Customers are advised to stop taking Apple's Quick-Impact Weight Loss capsules and take any remaining capsules to their local pharmacy for safe disposal, and consult their healthcare practitioner if they have any concerns arising from their use of this product.

Please refer to the following website in TGA for details:

In Hong Kong, the above product is not a registered pharmaceutical product.

Ends/ Friday, January 17, 2014
Issued at HKT 13:00