Advisory - Potentially dangerous weight-loss product seized from U-Box store in Burnaby, BC
OTTAWA, April 9, 2014 /CNW/ -
Health Canada has seized the unauthorized drug, "L-Showm Weight Loss Pills", being sold at the U-Box store, located at 2809-4500 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC. Health Canada testing found that it contained an undisclosed ingredient, phenolphthalein.
Phenolphthalein, which was previously used as a laxative, is no longer authorized for sale in Canada because it may cause cancer. Additional side-effects associated with phenolphthalein include decreased blood pressure, skin rash and gastrointestinal bleeding.
Who is affected:
Canadians who have used or purchased "L-Showm Weight Loss Pills". Health Canada has not received any reports of adverse reactions associated with the use of "L-Showm Weight Loss Pills."
What consumers should do:
What Health Canada is doing:
Health Canada is testing additional weight management products sampled nationally as part of a proactive compliance monitoring activity. Should testing results identify additional products that pose a risk to Canadians, the department will take action and inform Canadians.
For more information:
Consumers and health professionals wanting more information about this advisory from Health Canada can contact the Public Enquiries Line at 613-957-2991, or toll free at 1-866-225-0709.
Media enquiries related to this Advisory should be directed to Health Canada Media Relations at 613-957-2983.
L-Showm Weight Loss Pills
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