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Public warned against using slimming product

09 June 2020

The Department of Health (DH) today warned the public against buying or using a slimming product named Leisure Slimming Capsule, after it was found to contain an undeclared and banned drug ingredient that might be dangerous to one's health.

Acting on intelligence, DH officers bought a sample of the product via a social media network platform. Analysis by the Government Laboratory revealed that the sample contained the banned drug ingredient sibutramine. 

Sibutramine is a Part 1 poison under the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance (Cap. 138). 

It was once used as an appetite suppressant. Since November 2010, however, pharmaceutical products containing sibutramine have been banned in Hong Kong because of an increased cardiovascular risk.

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According to the Ordinance, all pharmaceutical products must be registered with the Pharmacy and Poisons Board of Hong Kong before they can be legally sold in the market. 

Illegal sale or possession of unregistered pharmaceutical products or Part 1 poisons are criminal offences. The maximum penalty for each offence is a fine of $100,000 and two years' imprisonment.

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The DH spokesman strongly warned the public not to buy products of unknown or doubtful composition, or to consume products from unknown sources. Members of the public who have purchased these products should stop consuming them immediately. 

They should consult healthcare professionals for advice if feeling unwell after consumption, the DH added.


The spokesman added weight control should be achieved through a balanced diet and appropriate exercise. The public should consult healthcare professionals before using any medication for weight control. 

They may visit the website of the Drug Office of the DH for "Health messages onoverweight problem and slimming products" and "Information onslimming products with undeclared Western drug ingredients" for more information.

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The public may submit the above product to the Drug Office of the DH at Room 1801, Wu Chung House, 213 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, during office hours for disposal.

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