Public urged not to buy or consume slimming products from unknown sources or of doubtful composition (with photo)

     The Department of Health (DH) today (August 3) appealed to members of the public not to buy or consume two slimming products, one named SIN DEN SLIMMING and the other without an English name (see photo), as they were found to contain undeclared and banned drug ingredients that might be dangerous to health.

     The DH commenced investigation upon receipt of notification from the Hospital Authority (HA) regarding two female patients with a history of consuming the above slimming products.

      "Both patients attended the Accident and Emergency Department of United Christian Hospital on July 2 and July 13 respectively for palpitation and shortness of breath. Sibutramine metabolites were detected in their urine samples. They were discharged from hospital on July 3 and July 13 respectively," a DH spokesman said.

     According to the HA's findings, which were later confirmed by the Government Laboratory, the samples of the products provided by the patients were found to contain the banned substances sibutramine and phenolphthalein. Preliminary investigations revealed that both patients purchased the slimming products from a social media network platform.

     The DH's investigation is continuing.

     Sibutramine was once used as an appetite suppressant. Since November 2010, products containing sibutramine have been banned in Hong Kong because of increased cardiovascular risk. Phenolphthalein was once used to treat constipation, but has been banned in Hong Kong for its cancer-causing effect.

     Members of the public who have purchased the above products should stop consuming them immediately. They should consult healthcare professionals for advice if feeling unwell after consumption.

     The DH spokesman strongly urged members of the public not to buy products of unknown or doubtful composition, or consume products from unknown sources.

     People who have purchased the products may submit them to the Drug Office of the DH at Room 1856, Wu Chung House, 213 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, during office hours for disposal.

     Weight control should be achieved through a balanced diet and appropriate exercise. The public should consult healthcare professionals before using any medication for weight control.

Ends/Thursday, August 3, 2017
Issued at HKT 19:45