RPS comments on weight loss drug investigation

23 July 2015: Results of laboratory tests commissioned by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) into drugs sold for weight loss on the internet have been revealed by ITV News to be highly dangerous to health. The ITV News investigation was sparked by deaths from the industrial chemical DNP (2,4-dinitrophenol), which is touted online as a slimming drug and was the subject of a recent Interpol alert in 190 countries.

Speaking to ITV News, RPS spokesperson Neal
Patel said: “I think the main message of what we’ve found today is if you buy diet pills online you’re actually playing Russian roulette with your life.”

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The Pharmaceutical Journal, July 2015;Online:DOI:10.1211/PJ.2015.20069090