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Health Canada seizes potentially unsafe drugs from Burnaby store

Health Canada has seized an unauthorized drug from a Burnaby business after testing found it contains a potential carcinogen.

It seized "L-Showm Weight Loss Pills," that were being sold at the U-Box store located in Crystal Mall in Burnaby at 2809-4500 Kingsway.

Health Canada's testing found that it contained an undisclosed ingredient, phenolphthalein. Previously used as a laxative, phenolphthalein is no longer permitted to be sold in Canada because it may cause cancer.

Other side effects associated with the ingredient include decreased blood pressure, skin rash and gastrointestinal bleeding.

Health Canada has not received any reports of adverse reactions related to using the product.

Anyone who has used the product is advised to speak with their health care provider about any questions or concerns and to report any "adverse events using this product to Health Canada."

Health Canada also recommends people read product labels to verify they have been assessed for safety, effectiveness and quality by the federal government agency.

"Health products that have been authorized for sale by Health Canada will have an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), a Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) or a Natural Product Number (NPN) on the label."

The agency is testing samples of other weight management products across the country as part of efforts to monitor for compliance of its regulations.

Info: Health Canada at 613-957-2991, or toll-free at 1-866-225-0709.

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