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:
Speak to your healthcare practitioner about any questions or concerns
regarding this product.
Read the label of the products you buy to verify that they have been
assessed by Health Canada for safety, effectiveness and quality. Health
products that have been authorized for sale by Health Canada will have
an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), a Homeopathic Medicine
Number (DIN-HM) or a Natural Product Number (NPN) on the label.
Report any adverse events using this product to Health Canada
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
How to report side effects of health products to Health Canada:
Call toll-free at 1-866-234-2345
Visit MedEffect Canada's web page on Adverse Reaction Reporting for information on how to report online, by mail or by fax.
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SOURCE: Health Canada
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