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Products found to contain undeclared medicines

The United States: Public Notification: Evolve Bee Pollen contains hidden drug ingredients
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to purchase or use Evolve Bee Pollen, a product promoted and sold for weight loss on and on The product is also promoted on the firm’s Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts.

FDA laboratory analysis confirmed that Evolve Bee Pollen contains sibutramine. Sibutramine is a controlled substance that was removed from the 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.

Laboratory analysis also confirmed that Evolve Bee Pollen contains phenolphthalein. Phenolphthalein is a chemical that is not an active ingredient in any approved drug in the United States. Studies have indicated that 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/ Saturday, December 19, 2015
Issued at HKT 12:00