Tokyo, July 12: A Japanese woman died from liver
failure after taking diet pills from china and 11 other people
have fallen ill, health ministry officials said today.
A 60-year-old woman died in a Tokyo hospital in late may,
about a month after she began taking the weight-reducing
pills, said health and welfare ministry official Takeshi
The 11 others, aged between 30 and 60, also showed signs
of acute liver disorder after taking diet pills and food
supplements from various Chinese companies, Morita said.
They have since stopped using the slimming products and
are in recovery, the Yomiuri newspaper quoted Masayuki Adachi, a doctor at Tokyo's Keio University hospital, as saying.
Adachi examined four of the patients, including the woman who
Health ministry officials are trying to identify the
substances used in the diet pills, labelled as an herbal
product containing tea leaves.
Morita said traces of a Thyrotropic hormone and an
appetite-suppressant anorectic have also been found, though
not listed on the label. The substances are not known to lead
to liver failure, Japanese officials said, but are only
supposed to be used in medicines.
Slimming products from china have been blamed for at
least one death and several illnesses in Singapore. A TV star
suffered liver failure in may from taking slim 10, a drug
containing Fenfluramine. She was saved when her boyfriend
donated part of his liver to her.