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Retailer held over banned diet pills

AN online retailer has been arrested for selling slimming pills from Thailand containing a banned ingredient linked to heart attacks and strokes.

Minhang District People’s Procuratorate said the store owner, surnamed Yan, had sold Yanhee brand pills for 450 yuan (US$74) per bottle, bringing in 30,000 yuan.

The pills contain sibutramine, an appetite suppressant used in treating obesity that has been banned in China since 2010.

Concerns have been raised that sibutramine increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes in patients with a history of cardiovascular disease.

Side effects include higher blood pressure, dizziness, nausea, insomnia and liver problems.

Prosecutors said Yan opened an online store on last September.

At first, he sold small commodities but then switched to wholesaling Yanhee pills from Thailand.

Yan used a fake name and address, said prosecutors.

He was caught by Minhang police earlier this year.

Despite being illegal, a search for Yanhee on by Shanghai Daily yesterday revealed that the slimming pill is still being sold on the platform.



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