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MHRA seizes £30,000 of 'dangerous' slimming pills

MHRA: Around 23,000 doses were found at a Hampshire address

Some of the unlicensed tablets contained banned ingredient sibutramine, which has been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes

The UK medicines watchdog has seized £30,000-worth of "potentially dangerous" unlicensed slimming pills, it announced.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) raided an address in Waterlooville, Hampshire on Wednesday (November 4), where officers found 23,000 doses of unlicensed slimming tablets, it said.

Some of the products were labelled as "herbal" or "natural", despite containing banned pharmaceutical ingredient sibutramine, the MHRA said. The slimming drug – originally licensed as Reductil – was withdrawn in 2010 after the European Medicines Agency raised concerns about the risk of non-fatal heart attacks and strokes.

No arrests had been made in relation to the seizure of the tablets, which were being sold online, the MHRA told C+D today (November 6).

MHRA head of operations Danny Lee-Frost said the investigation demonstrated the organisation’s “total commitment to tackling this dangerous and illegal trade”.

“The MHRA will continue to work with UK law enforcement agencies to crack down on those who put public health at risk,” he added.


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JOHN MUNDAY, Locum pharmacist

How can no arrests me made? Did they just let them off? Pills sold themselves online?

A LOCUM, Community pharmacist

may be if we had a decent slimming aid which works this underground trade would cease

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