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The United States: Public Notification: Thinogenics Contains Hidden Drug Ingredient Sibutramine
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to purchase or use Thinogenics, a product promoted and sold for weight loss and sold on various websites, including, and in some retail stores.

FDA laboratory analysis confirmed that Thinogenics 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. These products may also interact, in life-threatening ways, with other medications a consumer may be taking.

This notification is to inform the public of a growing trend of dietary supplements or conventional foods with hidden drugs and chemicals. These products are typically promoted for sexual enhancement, weight loss, and body building and are often represented as being “all natural.” FDA is unable to test and identify all products marketed as dietary supplements that have potentially harmful hidden ingredients. Consumers should exercise caution before purchasing any product in the above categories.

Please refer to the following website in FDA for details:

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

Ends/ Thursday, January 30, 2014
Issued at HKT 14:00