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The United States: Public Notification: Zi Xiu Tang Beauty Face and Figure Capsule contains hidden drug ingredients phenolphthalein and fluoxetine
 
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to purchase or use Zi Xiu Tang Beauty Face & Figure Capsule, a product promoted for weight loss. This product was identified by FDA during an examination of international mail shipments.

FDA laboratory analysis confirmed that Zi Xiu Tang Beauty Face & Figure Capsule contains phenolphthalein and fluoxetine. 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.

Fluoxetine is an FDA-approved drug in a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) used for treating depression, bulimia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Uses of SSRIs have been associated with serious side effects including suicidal thinking, abnormal bleeding, and seizures. In patients on other medications for common conditions (aspirin, ibuprofen, or other drugs for depression, anxiety, bipolar illness, blood clots, chemotherapy, heart conditions, and psychosis), ventricular arrhythmia or sudden death can occur.

Please refer to the following website in FDA for details: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/../ucm513920.htm

In Hong Kong, the above product is not a registered pharmaceutical product. Related news was previously issued by the US FDA, and was posted on the Drug Office website on 24 Mar and 17 Jul 2014.


Ends/ Saturday, July 30, 2016
Issued at HKT 12:30
 
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