Dangerous slimming drugs under investigation
Different mail-order weight-loss drugs by Facua endanger health, causing increases in heart rates, insomnia and even trembling.24 April 2008
MADRID - As the saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. But when it comes to drugs, promising miracle weight loss it could also be dangerous.
An analysis of different mail-order weight-loss drugs by consumer group Facua has revealed they contain hormones that could endanger health, causing increases in heart rates, insomnia and even trembling.
The drugs tested by Facua are sold in Spain and Portugal as Tropex Light and Detoxykall by a company calling itself Auramail.
Police have opened an investigation into the firm, whose only known address in Spain is a post office box in Badajoz. The case is the latest in a string of complaints against companies selling dodgy slimming products and other medications being sold online or by telephone.
Facua says it has identified 21 products sold by 16 different companies that are being sold illegally.
[El Pais / Alvaro De Cozar / Expatica]
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