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The United States: Public Notification: Slimmer Extreme Thermogenic Formula contains hidden drug ingredients sibutramine and phenolphthalein
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to purchase or use Slimmer Extreme Thermogenic Formula, a product promoted for weight loss. This product was identified during an examination of international mail shipments. FDA laboratory analysis confirmed that Slimmer Extreme Thermogenic Formula contains sibutramine and phenolphthalein.

Sibutramine is a controlled substance that was removed from the market in Oct 2010 for safety reasons. This product poses a threat to consumers because sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or heart rate in some people and may present a significant risk for people 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.

Phenolphthalein is a chemical that is not an active ingredient in any approved drug in the United States. Studies have indicated that it presents a cancer-causing risk.

Please refer to the following website in FDA for details:

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

Ends/Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019
Issued at HKT 16:00