The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Consumer Alert: Payouji tea and Pai You Guo Slim Capsules

    Testing by the MHRA (Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) found that these supposedly natural products contain an undeclared pharmaceutical ingredient called sibutramine (Meridia).

    In January 2011 the European Union withdrew sibutramine from clinical use due to concerns over serious side effects. The FDA did the same several weeks ago.

    Consumers who are otherwise healthy and who take the amount of sibutramine in these products may experience anxiety, nausea, heart palpitations, a racing heart, insomnia, and elevated blood pressure. Sibutramine also may interact with other medications and can cause serious side effects; 781 drugs are known to interact with sibutramine.

    The bottom line?

    As with other misbranded and misleading drugs, consumers should discontinue Payouji tea and Pai You Guo Slim Capsules immediately.

    10/24/10 18:18 JR

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