The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has raised an alarm that the use of the drug — Weight Rapid Loss Capsule can lead to cancer.
It, therefore, warned Nigerians to desist from taking it.
The warning is contained in alert No. 049/2022, signed by NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, and issued to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.
Prof Adeyeye stated that the drug has been found to have the potential to cause cancer.
The NAFDAC boss added that the result of laboratory analysis showed that the drug, manufactured by Ingi Oman, contains banned substance “phenolphthalein”, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recognised as unsafe.
She added that the capsule, being marketed as “the most effective weight loss supplement” and sold through social media platforms like Instagram, also contains microbial growth above permissible limits.
“Phenolphthalein has been found to be toxic to genes, as it can cause damage or mutations in the DNA. Studies have also shown its potential carcinogenic risks.
“NAFDAC implores consumers to stop the purchase and use of the product.
“Members of the public in possession of the product should discontinue use or sale, and submit stock to the nearest NAFDAC office.”
Adeyeye encouraged healthcare professionals and consumers to report any adverse effect experienced with the use of the product to the nearest NAFDAC office.
Consumers are also advised to report adverse effects via email@example.com or E-reporting platforms available at www.nafdac.gov.ng
The director-general urged the public to also report any incident concerning the use of the drug via the Med-safety application, which can be downloaded on android and IOS stores.