Bangkok pills are weight-loss supplements from Thailand that usually come in a cocktail of tablets and capsules. There are a lot of unofficial distributors and brands available here in the Philippines and they can also be purchased directly from different Thai sources online. However, these products are not registered with the Food and Drug Administration, which means that they cannot be legally sold here.
The FDA said last June, “Bangkok Pills are not registered with the FDA. Thus, the FDA declares that such advertisement, promotion and sale is an outright violation of the provisions of Republic Act No. 3720 as amended by Republic Act No. 9711, prohibiting the manufacture, importation, exportation, sale, offering for sale, distribution, transfer, non-consumer use, promotion, advertisement of any health product which is not registered with the FDA.”
The agency further warned that “these drug substances can cause hallucination, paranoia, insomnia, respiratory problems, hypertension, and development of heart valve abnormalities, kidney failure and even death. Therefore, it is not allowed to be sold or placed in the market because of the unsafe combination of substances contained in the product.”
Indeed, the pills could have made Ballesteros sick. But did you know that other weight-loss programs that aren’t potentially fatal may be, at best, problematic? That’s the case of the recently popular green coffee bean supplements that are claimed to be “the dieter’s secret weapon.”
The efficacy of the formula is supposedly backed up by science and it’s even “seen on TV,” specifically The Dr. Oz Show, where it was personally endorsed by the reputable celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz. It was eventually found out to be fake; the nutritionist that the show got to be their expert was exposed as a fraud; and the scientific study cited to validate the claims was retracted because it was apparently bogus. In short: It doesn’t work.
According to the US Food and Drug Administration, consumers should “beware of products promising miracle weight loss.” The agency’s Web site says that warning signs include promises of a quick fix, use of the words “guaranteed” and “scientific breakthrough,” and marketing through mass emails. Consumers are advised to watch out for extreme claims like “quick and effective” or “totally safe,” and be cautious of exaggerated or unrealistic claims. If it’s too good to be true, it’s probably a scam.
source: manila standard today