Weight-loss drug plant raided after woman dies
Pills lacked FDA approval, proprietor fingers Consumer Protection official as provider of powder
KALASIN: Authorities have raided a manufacturing facility that produced weight-loss capsules linked to the loss of life of an Ang Thong woman who ordered them on-line. More than a million pretend weight-loss capsules have been seized and the manufacturing facility proprietor was arrested.
The proprietor has admitted the capsules didn’t have Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, however she additionally alleged that an official of the Office of Consumer Protection was concerned within the racket.
A workforce of police, troopers and officers, armed with a court docket warrant, searched the home in Na Mon district on Saturday morning. Wasapassorn Sulamnart, 52, claiming to be the proprietor, was inside the home, the place an indication with the corporate title, D.D. Cosmed Co, was seen.
Investigators, led by Kalasin police chief Thinnarat Phetphansri, discovered some drug powder containing sibutramine, which is banned by the FDA, together with gelatin capsules and packaging.
Officers then raided two warehouses about two kilometres from the home, and located drug powder imported from China, greater than 1 million weight-loss capsules, cardboard packing containers and different objects.
More than 1 million weight-loss capsules have been seized from two warehouses of D.D. Cosmed Co in Kalasin. (Photos by Yongyuth Phuphuangpet)
Pol Maj Gen Thinnarat mentioned the raid adopted the loss of life of a 30-year-old woman in Ang Thong after taking weight-loss tablets that she had ordered on-line.
A subsequent police investigation make clear the corporate in Kalasin, the place the sufferer had ordered the medication, he mentioned.
Police mentioned Ms Wasapassorn informed them that her manufacturing facility had FDA approval to supply meals dietary supplements. Her daughter was a pharmacist however her licence had been revoked, the woman added.
She admitted the seized weight-loss medication weren’t authorised, in keeping with investigators. But she claimed senior official connected to the Office of Consumer Production equipped the drug powder used within the capsules. She needed to pay the official 20,000 baht a month, she mentioned.
Ms Wasapassorn has been charged with producing and promoting medication with out permission, together with producing and promoting pretend meals dietary supplements.
Unapproved or simply plain pretend weight-loss merchandise have turn into a public-health menace in Thailand lately, with on-line gross sales significantly tough to police.
Many weight-loss preparations comprise the banned urge for food suppressant sibutramine, and this week authorities reported the invention of a brand new substance that they consider is rising as an alternative to sibutramine. They say that Lorcaserin additionally has probably dangerous negative effects however isn’t but regulated in Thailand.
Cardboard packing containers containing drug powder and different proof have been seized through the raid. (Photo by Yongyuth Phuphuangphet)
This home in Na Mon district of Kalasin additionally served as the bottom of an organization that made unapproved weight-loss medication. (Photo by Yongyuth Phuphuangpet)