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HAAD is Trying to Prevent Selling Products Containing Banned Drugs

HAADDozens of products nowadays in are prescribed as dietary supplements although containing a hidden prescription drug or compound that has not been adequately studied in humans. Those products are being sold across various herbal or natural product shops. Dr Mohammad Abu Al Khair, Head, Pharma/Medicine and Medical Products Regulation Section – at the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (), told Gulf News that Hydroxycut, Zein Alatat slimming capsules, Seven Slim, Natural Max slimming capsules, and Payouji tea and other slimming products have been withdrawn from shelves until now. Abu Al Khair said “Most of these products were found to be sold on shelves for many years, especially across herbal or natural products shops. They are rarely found in pharmacies”.

“Sibutramine” — the drug substance which was banned last year, is found in most of these medicines. Also, phenolphthaline (the chemical substance that was banned from being used in medicine) was found. Several regulatory authorities like , detected many products contain high levels of heavy metals like lead or arsenic. Dr Al Khair added “Any time we find a product that may harm public health; we will withdraw it in cooperation with other government authorities. Unfortunately, dozens of these products are used by the public and every day we see new products in the market. The issue is that these products are being touted as dietary supplements but actually contain hidden prescription drugs or compounds that have not been adequately studied in humans”.

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