Buying weight loss supplements online may be tempting, but care is advised. Many of these products not only do not work, they can also be dangerous.
Buying weight loss supplements online
Last year, the MHRA (Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) issued a warning against buying weight loss supplements online. It appears many of these so-called natural or herbal products contain potentially dangerous synthetic pharmaceutical ingredients. One of the ingredients found in supplements seized by MHRA officers was Sibutramine. Withdrawn from pharmaceutical use across the US and Europe in 2010, Sibutramine increases users’ risk of strokes and heart attacks.
Preventing health issues
The MHRA warns that the contents of these unauthorised medicines are unknown and that they:
- May not work at best
- May contain dangerous ingredients that could have devastating effects
The agency recommends not buying weight loss supplements online without first consulting a pharmacy or doctor. If you do intend to purchase slimming pills online, you should look for products with THR (Traditional Herbal Registration) logos and THR/PL numbers.
Another warning issued in January 2017 alerted athletes to the dangers of supplements containing DMAA, or Methylhexanamine. This banned substance may not only cost athletes their careers, it could also cause:
- Chest tightening and/or high blood pressure
- Heart attacks, strokes and even death
Athletes are warned to avoid these risks by not purchasing unlicensed products online.
While many of the ingredients found in online supplements may simply not work, others still may cause kidney damage or other potentially serious health issues. These health issues can result in serious long-term consequences.
If you were made ill by prescribed medicines, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation if:
- You were prescribed or given the wrong type of medicine
- The medicine had known side-effects that were not listed
- The medicine was in some way faulty (out of date, manufacturing errors, etc.)
- Printing errors on labels resulted in taking the wrong dosage
Claims could potentially be made against the:
- Doctor prescribing the medicine
- Pharmacist issuing the medicine
- Manufacturer of the medicine
In any case, the process should be reasonably straightforward. With supplements purchased online, claiming may also be possible, but would most likely be far more complicated.
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Date Published: March 9, 2017
Author: Accident Advice