CHIANG MAI – Two individuals had been arrested after greater than 1.6 million capsules of a weight-loss drug disguised as meals dietary supplements had been seized by officers from the Division of Particular Investigation and the Chiang Mai Public Well being Workplace.
Pithakphum Kulhai, 30, and Supisama Wongsaenprasert, 28, had been arrested Wednesday after officers searched a home in Tambon Mae Hia in Chiang Mai’s Muang district and located 1.5 million capsules of an unlawful weight-loss drug with sibutramine as the primary element.
Pol Lt-Colonel Kornwat Parnpraphakorn, deputy DSI chief, instructed a press convention on Thursday that 1.5 million capsules had been disguised as meals dietary supplements below the Aiko model below a counterfeit licence from the Meals and Drug Company.
Earlier on Wednesday, officers searched one other home in the identical tambon and located 100,000 capsules of the unlawful drug disguised as a meals complement below the Hello Herb Slimming model, additionally with a counterfeit FDA license quantity.
Kornwat mentioned the 2 suspects had been accused of operating an organization that bought unlawful weight-loss medicine disguised as dietary supplements.
Sibutramine is a managed drug that requires a health care provider’s prescription. It has been related to elevated cardiovascular occasions and strokes and has been withdrawn from the market in a number of nations.
Kornwat mentioned the DSI took the motion after the 2 manufacturers of weight-loss drug have skilled a spike in reputation amongst Chiang Mai’s ladies, teenage women and college college students.
A DSI supply mentioned a mom sought assist from the company after her daughter fell unwell after utilizing the so-called “supplementary meals”. The mom despatched a capsule for a lab check and it was discovered to comprise Sibutramine.
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