The Health Science Authority (HSA) of Singapore has issued a late health warning advisory on an online slimming pill brand, beFIT Total Garcinia Cambogia, declaring the weight-loss supplement dangerous and members of the public to not purchase these pills.
In a press release today, the HSA said they found traces of two potent and undeclared ingredients – sibutramine and phenolphthalein in the slimming pills.
“Sibutramine, a prescription only weight loss drug, has been banned in Singapore since 2010 due to serious safety concerns. Furthermore, the very high level of sibutramine detected in ‘beFIT Total Garcinia Cambogia’ could increase the toxicity of this product and lead to serious cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and fits. Changes in mood such as anxiety, depression and mood swings have also been reported.” – Health Science Authority of Singapore
The slimming pill brand’s Facebook page stated that the company is based in Seremban, Malaysia. Most reviews gave the slimming pills five stars ratings and the reviewers are all from Malaysia.
Distribution and sales of beFIT Total Garcinia Cambogia in Singapore is illegal, and one re-seller of the product is currently under police investigations. The unnamed re-seller may be facing two charges, one under the Poisons Act that carries a maximum fine up to $10,000 and jail term up to two years, and one under the Medicines Act that carries a maximum fine up to $5,000 and jail term up to two years.
Anyone who has come across a seller in Singapore may contact the HSA Enforcement Branch at 6866-3485 or email: [email protected]