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Herbal tea found to contain 'unsafe' drug

21st October 2010

The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority has found that some herbal medicines marketed as weight loss aids have been found to include a drug withdrawn in Europe and US on safety grounds.

Analysis of Payouji tea and Pai You Guo Slim capsules by the UK medicines watchdog revealed they contained diet drug sibutramine which was taken off the market in January 2010 over fears it increased the risk of heart attack and stroke. The agency said that any product containing the drug was considered "harmful to human health".

 

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