Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Health Canada Warnings: Amana Care Herbal and Arrow Brand Oil

Nov 22, 2010 Tamara Laschinsky

Health Canada warns consumers about banned items - Dave Johnson with permission

Health Canada warns consumers about banned items - Dave Johnson with permission

On November 22, 2010, Health Canada issued a warning to consumers that two products have somehow entered the Canadian market and consumers should not use them. It is believed the products entered Canada with a traveler or purchased online.

The two products consumers must be aware of are:

  1. Amana Care Seven Slim Herbal Capsules
  2. Arrow Brand Medicated Oil and Embrocation

Neither product is allowed to be sold in Canada due to serious health concerns and they have entered Canada illegally.

Amana Care Seven Slim Herbal Capsules for Weight Loss Banned in Canada

The alert started with the Israel Ministry of Health and concerns products made by Amana in Lebanon. Amana Care Seven Slim Herbal Capsules is marketed as a dietary supplement intended for weight loss.

The product contains:

  • Sibutramine which used to be used to treat obesity but is now illegal in Canada due to association of increase risk of cardiovascular side effects like heart attack and strokes.
  • Sildenafil is used to treat errectile dysfunction and should only be taken with under supervision of health care provider.

Side effects from these drugs are:

  • Heart attack/stroke
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Dry mouth
  • Insomnia
  • Constipation
  • Life-threatening if taken with nitrate drugs
  • Chest pain
  • Headache
  • Facial flushing
  • Indigestion
  • Dizziness
  • Abnormal vision
  • Hearing loss

Arrow Brand Medicated Oil and Embrocation for Cuts, Scrapes and Cold Remedy Banned in Canada

The U.S Food and Drug Administration warned that this product may be in Canada due to being brought in by travelers or purchased over the Internet. It's Spanish name is Aceite Medicinal La Flecha and may also be in Mandarin.

The product is made by Kwan Dong Tung Pak Tong Medicine Manufactory Ltd. (Hong Kong) and distributed by Casa El Oriental de Fermin Fong (Dominican Republic).

It is used to treat many illnesses like:

  • Cuts,burns, scrapes
  • Insect bites, sprains, dislocations
  • fainting fits, stiff muscles
  • headaches, coughs, colds
  • stomach-aches, cramping, toothaches
  • Claims to prevent influenza and contagious diseases

Package instructions say to take orally or use topically, but no dose recommendation is given.

The ingredients are potentially poisonous, especially for children. They can also be poisonous when applied to large areas of the skin or when heat is used to increase absorption.

  • Methyl salicylate is poisonous when ingested and not allowed for oral ingestion as per Canadian regulations.
  • Camphor is poisonous when ingested if in excess, especially for children
  • Eucalyptus oil is poisonous when ingested, especially for children

Side effects include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Burning sensation in mouth
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Fatality

Health Canada warns consumers to avoid these products and ensure remaining product is no longer used. If consumers are concerned about their health from using these products, Health Canada recommends consumers consult their doctor.

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