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MHRA launch ‘DMAA Week of Action’

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Posted 01 February 2017

From: Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

First published: 30 January 2017

MHRA has launched a ‘Week of Action’ to improve awareness of unlicensed medicines containing the potentially dangerous ingredient DMAA.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has launched a ‘Week of Action’ between 30th January and 5th February aimed at improving awareness of unlicensed medicines containing the potentially dangerous ingredient DMAA.

The week of action aims to improve public awareness and encourages consumers of sports supplements to check to see if their products contain DMAA or any alternative names of the potentially dangerous ingredient. It includes an animated social media campaign, health & fitness bloggers sharing their stories and a video with Dr Chris Jones and weightlifters.

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Dodgy diet pills: Dying to lose weight?

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Posted 17 August 2016

A press release from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, United Kingdom.

Dodgy diet pills: Dying to lose weight?

First published: 17 August 2016

MHRA launch FakeMeds campaign with warning on dodgy diet pills

A campaign is being launched today aimed at young adults warning of the dangers of buying dodgy diet pills online.

FakeMeds aims to warn would-be slimmers against shelling out for dangerous or useless products sold by illegal online suppliers.

Thousands of pills and potions promising miracle results are bought over the summer months as holidaymakers look for shortcuts to beach-ready bodies – with women aged 18-30 most likely to buy.

After handing over bank details, many receive bottles of tablets packed with dangerous or useless ingredients. Nasty side effects can include heart attacks, strokes – and in extreme cases, death.

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Dangerous diet pills not the answer to New Year’s resolutions

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Posted 04 January 2016

This media release of the UK  Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), dated 31 December 2015, warns anyone looking to lose weight in the New Year to be aware of the dangers of buying diet pills online.

The press release continues:

During 2015 MHRA enforcement officers seized more than 240,000 doses of pills claiming to be for weight loss/slimming.

A number of the products seized were marketed as ‘all herbal’ or natural when, in fact, they were found to contain the synthetic medicine sibutramine. Sibutramine was withdrawn across Europe and the US in 2010 due to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes associated with its use.

Since 2005, MHRA officials have found hundreds of examples of medicines claiming to contain herbal ingredients but after analysis were found to be adulterated with pharmaceutical ingredients.

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