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Products found to contain undeclared medicines

Singapore: HSA Alert: Clinic K and RO Slim Booster found to contain banned substance, Rozell Detox detected with potent laxative
The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) is alerting members of the public not to purchase or consume the following three products which were marketed on multiple e-commerce platforms as weight loss products. HSA tested the products and found them to contain potent medicinal ingredients. The three products are:
- Clinic K: contains sibutramine
- RO Slim Booster: contains sibutramine
- Rozell Detox: contains sennoside

HSA received feedback from consumers regarding the online sale of Clinic K. They experienced extreme thirst, rapid heartbeat, dizziness and loss of appetite after taking the product. One of them, a woman in her 40s, developed rapid heartbeat, breathlessness and dizziness after taking the product for two days. Even after she had reduced the dose to half what was recommended for the product, and stopped taking the product after five days, these symptoms persisted for a few weeks. Clinic K was marketed to be of “safe medical grade” and the “No. 1 clinical weight-loss formula in Korea”. It claimed to contain natural ingredients such as amino acids, green tea extract, and other botanical extracts. However, HSA’s tests revealed that the product contained high levels of sibutramine. Sibutramine was previously a prescription-only-medicine for weight loss but has been banned in Singapore since 2010 because of an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. The level of sibutramine detected in the product was double the maximum daily dose previously allowed. Some of the marketing materials also included a “warning” of potential effects such as nausea, dizziness, restlessness and rapid heartbeat due to the product’s “caffeine content”. This misleads consumers into thinking that the effects are normal and expected. These effects are in fact some of the adverse effects associated with sibutramine.

HSA received feedback from a member of public on the online product listings of Rozell Detox which carried reviews of consumers experiencing profuse sweating and rapid heartbeat. HSA tested Rozell Detox as well as RO Slim Booster, which was sold as an accompanying product. HSA’s tests revealed that RO Slim Booster also contained sibutramine, a banned substance, while Rozell Detox contained sennoside, a potent laxative. Rozell Detox was marketed to contain natural ingredients such as fruit powder and fruit extracts while RO Slim Booster was marketed as a diet control product.

Please refer to the following website in HSA for details:

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

Ends/Tuesday, Jun 23, 2020
Issued at HKT 16:00