I just wanted to share an item that caught my eye in today’s DAILY MAIL about potentially dangerous fake slimming pills.
According to the newspaper criminal gangs have moved into the pharmaceutical market, allegedly importing dangerous Chinese diet pills and selling them online, chiefly to teenagers.
The pills (Lida Daldalhua) costing 63p each, claim to help new mums get their figure back and teenagers lose puppy fat. They are advertised as herbal – but in fact contain the banned substance sibutramine as their main ingredient.
Lida Daldalhua – which is imported illegally from unregulated laboratories – apparently contains 3 times as much sibutramine as Reductil, a prescription drug that was withdrawn from sale back in 2010 amid claims that it raised risks of strokes and heart attacks. No less than seventeen British deaths had been linked to it before it was finally outlawed.
These pills have been described as ‘potentially very dangerous’ by the Head of Operations at the Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, Danny Lee-Frost.
So, really, the usual advice applies – only buy slimming pills (or anything else) online when you know exactly what you are buying. Better still – look for a Money-Back Guarantee such as Forever’s!
24 July 2015
Today it is reported in a national newspaper that an inquest yesterday heard how 21-year old student Eloise Parry died on 12 April after taking 8 unlicensed diet tablets she had bought online containing DNP (dinitrophenol).
The DAILY MAIL feature states: “The industrial chemical – historically used as an explosive and herbicide – was the subject of an Interpol warning notice issued to 190 countries in May.”