Woman has heart failure after taking slimming drug

The products were tested by HSA and found to contain undeclared potent medicinal ingredients: (clockwise from top left) BB Body and Bello Smaze, Choco Fit and Seahorse Chop Du Zhong Ba Ji Wan.
The products were tested by HSA and found to contain undeclared potent medicinal ingredients: (clockwise from top left) BB Body and Bello Smaze, Choco Fit and Seahorse Chop Du Zhong Ba Ji Wan. PHOTOS: HEALTH SCIENCES AUTHORITY

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) yesterday alerted people to four health products, including three marketed for weight loss, after five consumers reported adverse reactions to them.

They include a woman in her 50s who now has severe heart failure, after taking one of the products, BB Body, for about three months.

Tests by the HSA found that BB Body, Bello Smaze and Choco Fit contained sibutramine, a banned substance for weight loss that can cause mood swings, hallucinations, heart attacks and strokes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 04, 2019, with the headline 'Woman has heart failure after taking slimming drug'. Print Edition | Subscribe