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The United States: Public Notification: La Jiao Shou Shen Contains Undeclared Drug Substances Sibutramine and Phenolphthalein
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to purchase or use La Jiao Shou Shen, a product promoted and sold for weight loss on various websites, including www.slimbeautyusa.com1 and in some retail stores. FDA laboratory analysis confirmed that La Jiao Shou Shen contains sibutramine and phenolphthalein. 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. 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/ Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Issued at HKT 12:00