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Products found to contain undeclared medicines

Canada: Richmond, B.C. Store (Cube Inc.) Selling Potentially Dangerous Weight Loss Products: "Goya Bittermelon", "S-organic Cocoa+L-carnitine" and "KaBaNa L-Carnitine 360 Slimming Coffee", which contain hidden drug ingredients sibutramine and phenolphthalein
Health Canada is advising Canadians that three unauthorized products promoted for weight loss have been seized from "Cube Inc.", a box-store in Richmond B.C.: "Goya Bittermelon", "S-organic Cocoa+L-carnitine", or "KaBaNa L-Carnitine 360 Slimming Coffee". These products contain hidden drug ingredients (sibutramine and phenolphthalein) that may pose serious health risks. Caffeine was also found in two products and was not listed on the product label. Caffeine may pose health risks to people sensitive to its effects.
Consumers should consult their health care practitioner if they have used or are using the above products, and should report any adverse reactions to Health Canada.
Sibutramine was previously used to treat obesity but is no longer authorized for sale in Canada because of its association with an increased risk of cardiovascular side-effects such as heart attack and stroke. Phenolphthalein, which was previously used as a laxative, is no longer authorized for sale in Canada because it may cause cancer. Additional side-effects associated with phenolphthalein include decreased blood pressure, skin rash and gastrointestinal bleeding.
Please refer to the following website in Health Canada for details:

In Hong Kong, the above products are not registered pharmaceutical products.

Ends/ Saturday, Dec 1, 2012
Issued at HKT 12:00
Related Information:
Canada: Additional unauthorized weight loss products seized from Richmond, B.C. ... Posted 2012-12-21