The Health Ministry warned on Sunday against a “diet preparation” called Lean Max that it said contained a drug “liable to cause health damage and even death.”
The product has been sold recently on the Internet by the L.M. Clori company that claims it is made of “natural ingredients only.” But the ministry performed lab tests and found the active ingredient is sibutramine (usually in the form of the hydrochloride monohydrate salt), which is an “oral anorexiant” and structurally related to amphetamines.
Its use has been barred in the US, Australia and the EU, among other places. The ministry received complaints that the drug caused depression, a speedy heartbeat and vomiting, and calls on the public not to use it. It also warned the Clori firm not to market it or to “mislead the public.”