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A married couple who owns a dieting clinic in Tel Aviv was arrested on Monday on
suspicion of selling slimming pills that contain sibutramine, an active
ingredient that has been banned for causing serious cardiovascular
The arrest followed a joint investigation by Tel Aviv police
and the Health Ministry’s Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit, after the latter received
intelligence on the clinic.
The owners, a man, 51, and his wife, 38,
presented the pills as “natural” slimming supplements, police said.
suspects have denied all suspicions against them.
The arrest followed a
raid on the clinic, which uncovered hundreds of pills suspected of containing
the dangerous ingredient. The pills will be analyzed at a laboratory in the
Sibutramine was once available as a prescription drug, but
has been removed from the market in Israel, the EU, and other Western countries
after a link was established between the drug and cases of death and injury
caused by cardiovascular malfunctions, police added.