Foreign Product Alerts: Dr. Mao Slimming Capsules, Perfect Body Solutions, Burn 7, Bella Vi Insane Amp'd, Bella Vi Amp'd Up, Be Inspired, Goodliness Fat-Reducing Capsules, Jimpness Beauty Fat Loss Capsules

Starting date:
May 28, 2014
Posting date:
May 28, 2014
Type of communication:
Foreign Product Alert (FPA)
Subcategory:
Drugs
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Source of alert:

US FDA

Issue:
Undeclared Substance
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-39627

Introduction

These products are not authorized for sale in Canada and have not been found in the Canadian marketplace, but it is possible they may have been brought into the country by travellers or purchased over the Internet.

Affected products

  • Dr. Mao Slimming Capsules
  • Perfect Body Solutions
  • Burn 7
  • Bella Vi Insane Amp'd
  • Bella Vi Amp'd Up
  • Be Inspired
  • Goodliness Fat-Reducing Capsules
  • Jimpness Beauty Fat Loss Capsules

Dr. Mao Slimming Capsules, Perfect Body Solutions and Burn 7

Product description

These products are promoted for weight loss.

Hazard identified

The United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) warned consumers not to use these products after they were found to contain sibutramine.

Sibutramine was previously used to treat obesity but is no longer authorized for sale in Canada because of its association with an increased risk of cardiovascular side effects such as heart attack and stroke.

Place of origin

Unknown.

Side effects

In addition to heart attack and stroke, side effects associated with sibutramine include increased blood pressure and heart rate, dry mouth, difficulty sleeping and constipation.

Bella Vi Insane Amp'd, Bella Vi Amp'd Up, Be Inspired, Goodliness Fat-Reducing Capsules

Product description

These products are promoted for weight loss.

Hazard identified

The United States Food and Drug Administration warned consumers not to use these products after they were found to contain sibutramine and phenolphthalein.

  • Sibutramine was previously used to treat obesity but is no longer authorized for sale in Canada because of its association with an increased risk of cardiovascular side effects such as heart attack and stroke.
  • Phenolphthalein was previously used as a laxative but is no longer authorized for sale in Canada because it may cause cancer.

Place of origin

Unknown

Side effects

In addition to heart attack and stroke, side effects associated with sibutramine include increased blood pressure and heart rate, dry mouth, difficulty sleeping and constipation.

Additional side effects, associated with phenolphthalein include decreased blood pressure, skin rash, and gastrointestinal bleeding.

Jimpness Beauty Fat Loss Capsules

Product description

This product is promoted for weight loss.

Hazard identified

The United States Food and Drug Administration warned consumers not to use this product after it was found to contain sibutramine and phenolphthalein and sildenafil.

Sibutramine was previously used to treat obesity but is no longer authorized for sale in Canada because of its association with an increased risk of cardiovascular side effects such heart attack and stroke.

  • Phenolphthalein was previously used as a laxative but is no longer authorized for sale in Canada because it may cause cancer.
  • Sildenafil is a prescription drug used to treat erectile dysfunction and should only be taken under the supervision of a health care professional.

Side effects

In addition to heart attack and stroke, side effects associated with sibutramine, include increased blood pressure and heart rate, dry mouth, difficulty sleeping and constipation.

Additional side effects, from phenolphthalein, include decreased blood pressure, skin rash, and gastrointestinal bleeding.

Sildenafil should not be used by individuals taking any kind of nitrate drug (e.g., nitroglycerine) as it can cause potentially life-threatening low blood pressure. Individuals with heart problems are at increased risk of cardiovascular side-effects such as heart attack, stroke, chest pain, high blood pressure and abnormal heartbeat. Other side-effects include headache, facial flushing, indigestion, dizziness, abnormal vision, and hearing loss.

What you should do

Health Canada advises Canadians to contact the Health Products and Food Branch Inspectorate at 1-800-267-9675 if they find the products listed above in the Canadian marketplace.

Canadians who have these products are advised not to use them, and should consult with a healthcare professional if they have concerns about their health related to the use of these products.

Background

Drugs and natural health products that are authorized for sale in Canada will have an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), a Natural Product Number (NPN) or a Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) on the label. These numbers indicate that the products have been assessed by Health Canada for safety, effectiveness and quality.

As of April 30, 2014, no adverse reactions suspected to be associated with the use of these products have been reported to Health Canada.

Report a health or safety concern

To report a side effect to a health product to Health Canada:

  • Call toll-free at 1-866-234-2345
  • Visit Health Canada's Web page on Adverse Reaction Reporting for information on how to report online, by mail or by fax

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