TGA safety warning on slimming pill

The Majestic slimming capsules are touted as herbal, but in fact contain the prescription drug sibutramine, the TGA said in announcing the results of tests on the product.

Sibutramine (Reductil) was withdrawn two years ago after a study showed a higher rate of myocardial infarction and stroke in obese and overweight patients taking it compared to those managing weight loss by nonpharmacological means such as diet and exercise.

The capsules also contain phenolphthalein, previously used in oral laxatives but now abandoned due to