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Poison pills:  Shan Dian Shou contains banned drug ingredients sildenafil, sibutramine and phenolphthalein.

Woman arrested for selling unregistered drug

June 12, 2012
A 29 year-old woman in Wong Tai Sin was arrested today for selling a box of Shan Dian Shou, a slimming product with undeclared and banned drug ingredients, online the Internet.
 
The Department of Health obtained the product earlier from an Internet auction website and found it contains sildenafil, sibutramine and phenolphthalein.
 
Sildenafil is a Part I poison. Its improper use may pose serious health risks, especially for patients with heart problems.
 
Sibutramine is also a Part I poison. Products containing sibutramine have been banned since November 2010 because of increased cardiovascular risk.
 
Phenolphthalein has been banned for its cancer-causing effects.
 
Products containing sibutramine or phenolphthalein are banned and are not accepted for registration as pharmaceutical products. The sale of unregistered pharmaceutical products and illegal sale of Part I poisons are offences.
 
Anyone who bought the product should stop using it immediately and consult a doctor if they feel unwell. They should also send it to the department's Drug Office at 382 Nam Cheong Street during office hours.


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