IMB cautions consumers against purchase of illegal online medicines
04 January 2012
The Irish Medicines Board (IMB) today issued a strong precautionary message for consumers on the health dangers of taking any Sibutramine containing slimming products. The IMB stated that Sibutramine was withdrawn from use as a medicine in Ireland and across the entire EU in early 2010 due to the increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Specifically, the IMB is warning consumers not to purchase particular slimming products which may be available illegally online, as packs of those products have been found to contain Sibutramine (often fraudulently not declared in the ingredients listed on the pack).
It is advising consumers to dispose of any such products they may have and, if they are feeling any ill effects after taking any of these products, to contact their doctor immediately.
IMB Press Release
IMB Consumer Notice
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