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Beware of Unregistered Slimming Products Philippines

The Food and Drug Administration of the Philippines (FDA) as a regulatory body of the government is concerned about the many slimming pills and capsules that have gone out of the market unapproved, unregulated, unchecked.

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For this reason, the agency has issued an advisory (No. 2014 -002) against the use of banned or unregistered slimming or anti-obesity products sold in outlets or offered online believed to contain harmful ingredients dangerous to the health of users.

Stores found to be selling these banned products are raided, with the products confiscated and violators charged. 

Banned Products List

Taken from the FDA advisory section of Philippine Department of Health website are the following slimming products recalled or banned from the market:

Fat Burner HCA capsule, Hokkaido Slimming Pills, Ballet Dancer Fat Reducing, Bio-Lissom Fat Reducing, Brazilian Slimming Coffee, Cell Life Slimming Coffee, Elegant Shape Fat Reducing, Goodliness Fat Reducing, Happyslim, Leisure 18 Slimming Coffee, Lightness Fat Reducing, Maggie Fitness Essence, Mei Shen Ting Anti-Obesity, ModelingFat-Reducing, New Original Lightness Fat-Reducing, Pearl White Slimming, Perfect Figure Slimming, Perfect Slim Fat Reduction Cosmetic, Perfect Slim Purely Natural Fat Reduction Cosmetic , Pill for Weight Reduction, Pretty Model, Qiaomei Fat Binder, Qi Xian Nu, Seven Days Miracle, Shaping Body Fat Loss, Slim and Beauty Slimming, Slim Up Extra Whitening and Reducing, and Xianzimei Fat Reduction.

A total of 26 slimming products have been recalled by FDA from the period of 2010 to 2012.

Also attached with this article is an FDA Circular issued February 2012 containing a list of unregistered slimming products in the market.


Mostly, these recalled and banned products contain chemicals that cause potentially fatal physical phenomena to the users. These symptoms include irregular heartbeats, severe agitation, shock, organ failure, even coma.

Amphetamine (a dangerous drug), Sibutramine (a banned product component) and Steroids (a regulated drug) are three such chemicals. The following are symptoms specific to them:

For amphetamine: confusion, urine retention and painful urination, hyperthermia, hyperreflexia, muscle pain, rapid breathing, tremor, psychosis, anuria, cardiogenic shock, cerebral hemorrhage, circulatory collapse, extreme fever, pulmonary hypertension, renal failure, rapid muscle breakdown, serotonin syndrome, stereotypy and convulsion.

For Sibutramine:  increase the risk of serious heart events, including non-fatal heart attack or non-fatal stroke and death.

For Steroids: the symptoms of overdose are burning or itching skin, convulsions, deafness, depression, dry skin, high blood pressure, muscle weakness and nervousness.

FDA advised the public to avoid buying and using products not approved by the agency. They also encourage people to report banned products still sold in the market.

The alluring idea of being thin

We all want to be slim. It’s one fad that never seems to fade. But now more than ever, that insatiable thirst – especially among women – to be thin and sexy is at its toll. Women would practically do anything to achieve that perfect body that everyone would envy. This human desire is the platform of the numerous slimming products mushrooming everywhere, promising shortcuts to that most-desired figure. Sad that many people, with their desperation to be thin easily falls prey to all sorts of promises (even false ones). Words, pictures, videos, testimonies are powerful media tools that ads use. They are too free that they can be utilized by almost anyone without any body regulating them. Your weapon? Information. No matter how convincing an ad is (it’s supposed to be), don’t jump in so easily. Research. Know more. Remember, your safety is in your hands.

The FDA website is one place you can check products as food, food supplements, toys, cosmetics, radiation-emitting equipment, household hazardous substances, medical devices, drugs including vaccines and blood products you use.

References:

  • http://www.doh.gov.ph/content/public-health-warning-against-use-banned-or-unregistered-slimming-or-anti-obesity-products.html
  • www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002582.htm
  • http://www.mb.com.ph/fda-warns-against-unregistered-slimming-product/
  • http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/2014/06/06/dangerous-diet-pills-seized/

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