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Products found to contain undeclared medicines

 
Singapore: HSA Alert: Shen Qi Dan Bai Nian Cao Yao and Ricalinu found to contain potent medicinal ingredients, Freaky Fitz detected with banned substance
 
The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) is alerting members of the public not to purchase or use the three health products below. Consumption of these products may pose serious health risks as they were found to contain potent medicinal ingredients, which are prohibited in such products. The three products are:
- SHEN QI DAN BAI NIAN CAO YAO (神奇丹百年草药): contains chlorpheniramine, dexamethasone, diclofenac, frusemide
- Ricalinu: contains dexamethasone, meloxicam, tramadol
- Freaky Fitz: contains sibutramine

A woman in her 70s experienced chest discomfort after taking SHEN QI DAN BAI NIAN CAO YAO, which was labelled for “pain relief in adults and children”. The consumer obtained the product from her friend who sourced it from Malaysia. The product claimed to contain only herbal ingredients like cordyceps and ginseng. However, HSA tested and detected multiple medicinal ingredients in this product: chlorpheniramine (an antihistamine), dexamethasone (a steroid), diclofenac (a painkiller), and frusemide (a medicine for removing excess water from the body). These potent ingredients can cause serious adverse effects when used without medical supervision.

A man in his 40s attempted to bring in 20 boxes of Ricalinu from Indonesia but was stopped at the Singapore Cruise Centre by checkpoint officers. The product was falsely labelled to contain only herbs for treating a range of pain ailments including rheumatism and gout. HSA’s tests found that the product contained three medicinal ingredients: dexamethasone, a potent steroid, meloxicam and tramadol, potent painkillers.

A member of the public provided feedback to HSA that Freaky Fitz was sold online with exaggerated claims of being able to help consumers slim down within days. HSA tested Freaky Fitz and found that it contained sibutramine. Sibutramine was previously a prescription medicine but has been banned in Singapore since 2010 due to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. Freaky Fitz is promoted as a slimming drink containing natural ingredients, with claims including “fast slimming results”, “burns fat fast without dieting and exercising” and “safe to consume”. Its label also carry a Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) logo (a quality certification mark) that is falsified. This may mislead consumers into believing that the product is safe and manufactured under high quality standards. The product is sold on local e-commerce platforms. HSA is working with the website administrators of these platforms to take down the affected listings.

Please refer to the following website in HSA for details: http://www.hsa.gov.sg/announcements/press-release/hsa-alert-freakyfitzricalinu

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

Ends/Monday, Mar 9, 2020
Issued at HKT 15:00
 
 
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