Unauthorized health products seized from Better Bodies Supplements in Airdrie, Alta.

Starting date:
June 26, 2015
Type of communication:
Advisory
Subcategory:
Drugs, Natural health products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Unauthorized products
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-53974

Issue

Health Canada is informing Canadians that eight unauthorized health products (listed in the table below) were seized from Better Bodies Supplements, 118 Main Street North, in Airdrie, Alta. These products were also available for purchase from the retailer’s online store, "Better Bodies Nutrition". The products contain a combination of ingredients (synephrine/ephedrine/ephedra, caffeine and L-dopa) that can cause serious health risks.

Who is affected

Consumers who have bought or used any of these eight products, particularly consumers with heart conditions, high blood pressure or diabetes.

What consumers should do

  • Consult your doctor if you have used any of these eight products and have health concerns.
  • Read the label of the products you buy to verify that they have been assessed by Health Canada for safety, effectiveness and quality. Health products that have been authorized for sale by Health Canada will have an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), a Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) or a Natural Product Number (NPN) on the label.Products that have been authorized for sale can be found by searching the Drug Product Database and  the Licensed Natural Health Product Database.
  • Report any adverse events to Health Canada.
  • Report complaints about health products to Health Canada by calling toll-free to 1-800-267-9675, or complete an online complaint form.

What Health Canada is doing

Health Canada has seized the products from the retail location and confirmed that the products have been removed from retailer's online store, "Better Bodies Nutrition". Should additional retailers or distributors of these products be identified, Health Canada will take appropriate action and inform Canadians. Health Canada is also assessing the retailer's website and will take appropriate action should any additional unauthorized products be identified for sale.

Background

Synephrine/ephedrine and caffeine, when combined, may cause serious and possibly fatal adverse effects. Ephedrine taken in combination with caffeine can cause symptoms ranging from dizziness, tremors, headaches and irregularities in heart rate to seizures, psychosis, heart attacks and stroke.

L-Dopa, also known as levodopa, is authorized as a prescription drug when combined with other drug ingredients in anti-Parkinson's medications. Levodopa may interact with drugs prescribed for high blood pressure, and should not be used by women who are pregnant, who plan to become pregnant or who are breastfeeding. It should also not be taken by people with narrow angle glaucoma; untreated heart, liver, kidney, lung or hormonal diseases; a history of melanoma, or those who should not take drugs such as isoproterenol, amphetamines or epinephrine. General symptoms that can occur while taking levodopa which require medical attention include: uncontrollable movements of the face, eyelids, mouth, tongue, neck, arms, hands, or legs; severe or persistent nausea or vomiting; an irregular heartbeat or fluttering in the chest; feeling lightheaded when standing quickly, or unusual changes in mood or behaviour. .

Products affected:
Product Name Labelled ingredients
West Pharm ThermaLean
(100 Capsules)
  • Mau Huang (standardized for 8% ephedrine) 350 mg
  • Kola Nut (standardized for 50% caffeine) 350 mg
West Pharm Hydro-lean
(160 Capsules)
  • MaHuang Extract (standardized for 8% ephedrine) 334 mg
  • Guarana Extract (standardized for 22% caffeine) 910 mg
Nutrex Research Hemo Rage Black - Lunatic Lemonade (265g)
  • Caffeine anhydrous
  • Mucuna Pruriens (40% L-Dopa)
  • Paullinia Cupana (22% caffeine)
  • Citrus Aurantium (50% Synephrine)
Nutrex Research Hemo Rage Black - Apple Ambush
(265g)
Nutrex Research Hemo Rage Black - Bruisin' Berry
(265g)
Nutrex Research Hemo Rage Black - Sucker Punch
(265g)
Nutrex Research Hemo Rage Black - Malicious Melon
(265g)
Nutrex Research Hemo Rage Black - Orange Creamation
(265g)

 

Report health or safety concerns

  • Call toll-free at 1-866-234-2345
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