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The United States: Public Notification: “Ultimate Formula Bee Pollen Capsules” Contains Hidden Drug Ingredient, Sibutramine
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to purchase or use “Ultimate Formula Bee Pollen Capsules (Ultimate Formula)”, a product promoted and sold for weight loss. This product is promoted on, and possibly sold in some retail stores. FDA laboratory analysis confirmed that “Ultimate Formula” contains sibutramine. Sibutramine is a controlled substance that was removed from the US market in October 2010 for safety reasons. The product poses a threat to consumers because sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke. This product may also interact, in life-threatening ways, with other medications a consumer may be taking. Consumers should stop using this product immediately and throw it away. Consumers who have experienced any negative side effects should consult a healthcare professional as soon as possible.

Please refer to the following website in FDA for details:

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

Ends/ Thursday, October 25, 2012
Issued at HKT 12:00
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