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Products found to contain undeclared medicines

Singapore: HSA alerts public to three adulterated products which caused serious adverse reactions and led to one person being hospitalised
The Singapore Health Sciences Authority (HSA) is alerting members of the public not to purchase or consume three health products which caused serious adverse reactions and led to hospitalisation in one person. The products were tested by HSA to contain undeclared potent western medicines, including a banned substance, sibutramine. The three adulterated products are:

• ‘Ananda Thukha Remedy for Diabetes’: contains undeclared glibenclamide and yohimbine;
• ‘1 Day Diet’: contains undeclared sibutramine; and
• ‘Bee Brand Qi Li Xiang’‘蜜蜂牌七里香’: contains undeclared dexamethasone

Members of the public who have purchased or are currently consuming these products are advised to:
• Stop consuming ‘Ananda Thukha Remedy for Diabetes' and ‘1 Day Diet’ immediately, and consult a doctor if they are feeling unwell
• As ‘Bee Brand Qi Li Xiang’ contains a potent steroid, consumers should see a doctor as soon as possible. Discontinuation of steroids without proper medical supervision can cause serious withdrawal symptoms such as fatigue, confusion and low blood pressure, especially when these products have been taken for more than a few weeks.
• Exercise caution when purchasing health products online or from other sources which they may not be familiar with, even if from well-meaning friends and relatives. They cannot be certain where and how these products were made. The products could potentially be counterfeits or adulterated with undeclared potent ingredients. If buying online, consumers should only buy them from websites with an established retail presence in Singapore.
• Consult their doctor or pharmacist if they need help for the management of their chronic medical conditions (e.g., diabetes, hypertension).

Please refer to the following website in HSA for details:

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

Ends/ Friday, December 23, 2016
Issued at HKT 16:00