Slimming product banned in UAE

Dubai: The Department of Health in Abu Dhabi has warned against using an “unauthorised” product that pose a threat to the public’s health.

The product in question, according to the health authority, were slimming capsules that contained sibutramine and phenolphthalein – two substances banned in the UAE due to their association with an increased risk of heart attacks and cancer.


After carrying out laboratory tests, the Department of Health discovered that the Burning Fat slimming capsules were also promoted and sold in the UAE market.

The health authority confirmed that the slimming capsules were not authorised for sale, but had most likely entered the country by people who had either purchased it abroad, or bought online from social networking sites.  

Residents were warned not to use the hazardous product, and to report any complaints to the Department of Health in Abu Dhabi on 02-4193598 or by e-mail at drugquality@doh.gov.ae.

In Dubai, residents can report the banned slimming product on the municipality’s number 800 900.

Health warnings

In 2010, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), classified sibutramine as a controlled substance, and subsequently removed it from the American market for safety reasons.

“The product poses a threat to consumers because sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke,” said the FDA on its website.

“These products may also interact, in life-threatening ways, with other medications a consumer may be taking,” it added.

Phenolphthalein contains a carcinogenic ingredient that should not used in the production of medicines or supplements.

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