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Foreign Product Alerts: Lightning 10.0+, LV Shou Reduces Fat; and STB Summit of the Thin Body S Woman Degreasing Burning Pill

Starting date:
February 18, 2014
Posting date:
February 18, 2014
Type of communication:
Foreign Product Alert (FPA)
Subcategory:
Drugs
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Source of alert:

Hong Kong Department of Health

Issue:
Undeclared Substance
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-37981

Introduction

These products are not authorized for sale in Canada and have not been found in the Canadian marketplace, but it is possible they may have been brought into the country by travellers or purchased over the Internet.

Affected products

  • Lightning 10.0+ Reduces Weight
  • STB Summit of the Thin Body S Woman Degreasing Burning Pill
  • LV Shou Reduces Fat

Lightning 10.0+ Reduces Weight

Product description

This product is promoted for weight loss. It comes packaged in white boxes with blister packs of 8 dark green/light green capsules.

The Hong Kong Department of Health warned consumers not to use this product after it was found to contain sibutramine, phenolphthalein, and indomethacin, drug ingredients that were not declared on the product label.

  • Sibutramine was previously used to treat obesity but is no longer authorized for sale in Canada because of its association with an increased risk of cardiovascular side effects such as heart attack and stroke.
  • Phenolphthalein was previously used as a laxative but is no longer authorized for sale in Canada because it may cause cancer.
  • Indomethacin is a prescription drug in the family known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and is used to treat pain, fever and inflammation. Indomethacin should only be taken under the supervision of a healthcare professional.

Place of origin

According to the product packaging, the product is manufactured in China.

Side effects

In addition to heart attack and stroke, side effects associated with sibutramine include increased blood pressure and heart rate, dry mouth, difficulty sleeping and constipation.

In addition to cancer, side effects associated with phenolphthalein include decreased blood pressure, skin rash and gastrointestinal bleeding.

Side effects associated with indomethacin include changes in blood pressure, gastrointestinal disorders (with or without bleeding), anemia, kidney failure and reduced blood clotting ability.

STB Summit of the Thin Body S Woman Degreasing Burning Pill

Product description

This product is promoted for weight loss.

STB Summit of the Thin Body S Woman Degreasing Burning Pill comes packaged in white plastic bottles containing gold capsules.

Hazard identified

The Hong Kong Department of Health warned consumers not to use this product after it was found to contain sibutramine, phenolphthalein, and sildenafil, drug ingredients that were not declared on the product label.

  • Sibutramine was previously used to treat obesity but is no longer authorized for sale in Canada because of its association with an increased risk of cardiovascular side effects such as heart attack and stroke.
  • Phenolphthalein was previously used as a laxative but is no longer authorized for sale in Canada because it may cause cancer.
  • Sildenafil is a prescription drug used to treat erectile dysfunction.  It should only be taken under the supervision of a healthcare professional.

Place of origin

Unknown

Side effects

In addition to heart attack and stroke, side effects associated with sibutramine include increased blood pressure and heart rate, dry mouth, difficulty sleeping and constipation.

Additional side-effects associated with phenolphthalein include decreased blood pressure, skin rash and gastrointestinal bleeding.

Sildenafil should not be used by individuals taking any kind of nitrate drug (e.g., nitroglycerine) as it can cause potentially life-threatening low blood pressure. Individuals with heart problems are at increased risk of cardiovascular side effects such as heart attack, stroke, chest pain, high blood pressure and abnormal heartbeat.  Other side-effects of sildenafil include headache, facial flushing, indigestion, dizziness, abnormal vision, and hearing loss.

LV Shou Reduces Fat

Product description

This product is promoted for weight loss.
LV Shou Reduces Fat comes packaged in white plastic bottles containing white and green capsules.

Hazard identified

The Hong Kong Department of Health warned consumers not to use this product after it was found to contain sibutramine, a drug ingredient that was not declared on the product label.

  • Sibutramine was previously used to treat obesity but is no longer authorized for sale in Canada because of its association with an increased risk of cardiovascular side effects such as heart attack and stroke.

Place of origin

Unknown

Side effects

In addition to heart attack and stroke, side effects associated with sibutramine include increased blood pressure and heart rate, dry mouth, difficulty sleeping and constipation

What you should do

Health Canada advises Canadians to contact the Health Products and Food Branch Inspectorate at 1-800-267-9675 if they find any of the product listed above in the Canadian marketplace.

Canadians who have these products are advised not to use them, and should consult with a healthcare professional if they have concerns about their health related to the use of these products.

Background

Drugs and natural health products that are authorized for sale in Canada will have an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), a Natural Product Number (NPN) or a Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) on the label. These numbers indicate that the products have been assessed by Health Canada for safety, effectiveness and quality.

As of January 31, 2014, no adverse reactions suspected to be associated with the use of these products have been reported to Health Canada.

Report a health or safety concern

To report a side effect to a health product to Health Canada:

  • Call toll-free at 1-866-234-2345
  • Visit Health Canada's Web page on Adverse Reaction Reporting for information on how to report online, by mail or by fax

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