Tuesday, 7 March 2017
Warning alert: Anyang herbal weight loss products contained banned substance
Two weight loss products - Anyang Herbal Blue and Anyang Herbal Red - were found to contain "very high levels" of a banned substance, sibutramine, even though they were labelled as containing "100 per cent natural ingredients", the Health Science Authority (HSA) said on Monday (Mar 6).
Sibutramine was previously available as a prescription-only weight loss drug, but was banned in Singapore in 2010 over serious adverse effects such as an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. Other possible effects include high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, hallucinations and mood swings, the agency said.