10/14/2010 // Hong Kong // TiffNews10 // News Desk
Hong Kong – A new study suggests some herbal weight loss supplements contain illegal drugs. As reported by LiveScience.com, researchers found after analyzing 81 products for weight loss that many of their ingredients included pharmaceutical agents, some which were not permitted on the market for sale. The products analyzed were taken by patients treated in hospitals for poisoning.
Princess Margaret Hospital in Hong Kong researchers, who authored the study, are quoted in the report as stating of the findings, “A wide variety of illicit, weight-reducing agents has been found in proprietary slimming products that are readily available to the public. Importantly, ingestion of these products may result in significant toxicities and even mortality.”
More information about the research may be found in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.
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