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HK J Paediatr (New Series)
Vol 10. No. 1, 2005

HK J Paediatr (New Series) 2005;10:55-58

Case Report

Valvular Heart Disease Caused By Chinese Preprietary Slimming Medicine Adulterated With Fenfluramine

K Chang, TWL Mak, L Kwong, KT So


Anorectic drugs containing fenfluramine and dexfenfluramine have been classified as 'off-label' drugs in Hong Kong for several years. In this study, we report a case of valvular heart disease found in a teenager who had been taking Chinese proprietary medicine as a weight reducing agent for six months. Fenfluramine was identified in the diet pills. Two other herbal proprietary slimming products adulterated with fenfluramine and affecting several hundred people were subsequently discovered.

Keyword : Appetite depressants; Chinese medicine; Fenfluramine; Heart valve diseases

Abstract in Chinese


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