Simply Slim Diet Pill Recalled
Johannesburg -The diet pill Simply Slim was recalled with immediate effect for safety reasons, the health department said on Friday.
“The Medicines Control Council suspended sales of the product,” health spokesperson Fidel Radebe said.
“It must be removed from shelves with immediate effect.”
Radebe said the product should have been registered with the MCC and it was not.
“People have been complaining about difficulties during and after using this product. It can be dangerous to use,” he said.
Beeld reported on Friday that the slimming product, which claims to be 100% herbal, contained sibutramine.
According to health regulations, any pill containing sibutramine must be registered as a prescription medicine and must contain no more than 15mg sibutramine.
Beeld, quoting Dr George van der Watt, a chemical pathologist at a Cape laboratory, said tests showed Simply Slim contained 27mg of sibutramine.
Simply Slim has maintained that these are falsified Simply Slim products.
Simply Slim is sold by agents who buy the product for about R350 and resell it for about R590, Beeld reported.
Side effects of sibutramine could include an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.