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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Foreign Medication Warnings!

Foreign Medications Hold Health Risks

Internet access increases Foreign Medication availability, however many foreign medications carry hidden health risks.
Health Canada is advising Canadians not to use the following foreign health products as they may pose a health risk. These products have been found by regulators in other countries to contain prescription drugs, heavy metals, or unauthorized drugs that are not declared on the product labels. Prescription drugs should only be taken under the supervision of a health care practitioner.

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The following products are not authorized for sale in Canada and have not been found on the Canadian market, but they may have been brought into the country by travellers or purchased over the Internet.

1. CanSui; Lexscl Fat Rapid Loss Capsule; The Extreme-thin Fat Burning Bomb;
Xiu Zhi Su L-Carnitine Slimming Capsule
The Hong Kong Department of Health warned that these weight loss products contain unauthorized drugs (sibutramine, phenolphthalein).

2. Jin Yu Tang Tai Han Kang Pai Pu Ling Jiao Nang; TangBaoKouFuYiDaoSuJiaoNang; Tangren 365 Kangxunpai sangge huoyisu jiaonang; Tong Ren Xiu Fu Kou Fu Yi Dao Su
The Hong Kong Department of Health warned that these products, promoted to control high blood sugar, contain a combination of prescription drugs (metformin, glibenclamide [also known as glyburide], rosiglitazone, glimepiride, hydrochlorothiazide) and unauthorized drugs (phenolphthalein, phenformin).

3. [Chung Lien Kulin Brand] Anshen Bunai Pian
The Hong Kong Department of Health warned that this traditional Chinese health product, used for insomnia, contains excessive levels of the heavy metal mercury.

4. Lipro Diet Pills; Xiyouji Qingzhi weight loss capsules
The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration warned that these weight loss products contain an unauthorized drug (sibutramine).

5. AdvanceMen capsules; Miraculous Evil Root tablets
The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration warned that these sexual enhancement products contain either a prescription drug (sildenafil) or an unauthorized drug (sulfoaildenafil).

Reporting Adverse Drug Reactions Helps All

You can report any suspected adverse reactions to drugs and other health products to the Canada Vigilance Program by visiting the Reporting Adverse Reactions to Drugs and Other Health Products page.

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