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Health Canada Warns Consumers Not to Use the Unauthorized Product RevolutionDS Weight Loss

Starting date:
December 24, 2009
Posting date:
December 24, 2009
Type of communication:
Advisory
Subcategory:
Natural health products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Product Safety, Unauthorized products
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-110003278

Health Canada is warning consumers not to use RevolutionDS Weight Loss, an unauthorized health product promoted for weight loss, because it contains benzylpiperazine (BZP), and may pose serious health risks.

Currently, BZP has no known therapeutic use. While BZP is frequently claimed to be a natural substance, it is a synthetic substance. It may cause effects such as increased body temperature, increased blood pressure, dilated pupils, increased euphoria, alertness and paranoia. Health Canada is currently assessing whether BZP should be added to one of the schedules to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA). Such a decision would mean that all activities with BZP, such as possession, importation, exportation, distribution, production, etc., would be illegal unless authorized by regulation.

The recommended doses on the labels of the products (1 – 2 capsules) and recommended maximum daily dose on the labels of the products (4 capsules) will expose consumers to levels of BZP that have been associated with serious and life-threatening health consequences, including a Canadian report of cardiac arrhythmia (abnormal electrical activity of the heart) that was reported associated with the use of RevolutionDS Weight Loss. BZP could also negatively interact with other substances, such as alcohol and prescription drugs. Scientific data also indicates that BZP has abuse potential because of its amphetamine-like effects.

RevolutionDS Weight Loss is distributed by http://revolutionds.com/. The listed contact on the website for the product has not been forthcoming in providing all required information to effectively recall the unauthorized product. Canadians who have used RevolutionDS Weight Loss and are concerned about their health should consult a health care practitioner.

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Drugs and natural health products that are authorized for sale in Canada have an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), a Natural Product Number (NPN) or a Drug Identification Number for Homeopathic Medicine (DIN-HM) on the label.

Consumers requiring more information about this warning can contact Health Canada's public enquiries line at 613-957-2991, or toll free at
1-866-225-0709.

You can report any adverse reactions associated with the use of health products to the Canada Vigilance Program by one of the following three ways:

To have postage pre-paid, download the postage paid label from the MedEffectTM Canada section of the Health Canada website. The Canada Vigilance Reporting Form and the adverse reaction reporting guidelines may also be obtained via this section.

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