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Sale And Marketing Of Subtramine Suspended In Costa Rica

The Ministerio de Salud has suspended the sale and withdrawn the health permits to all products containing Sibutramine.

Sibutramine (usually in the form of the hydrochloride monohydrate salt) is an oral anorexiant that assists with weight-loss by altering neurotransmitters within the brain. Subtramine is being used to achieve reduction in baseline weight.
It has been associated with increased cardiovascular events and strokes and has been withdrawn from the market in the United States, the UK, the EU, Australia, Canada and now Costa Rica.

In the US Sibutramine was originally launched and marketed by Knoll Pharmaceuticals and was most recently manufactured and marketed by Abbott Laboratories before its withdrawal from the market. It was sold under a variety of brand names including Reductil, Meridia and Sibutrex. It is classified as a Schedule IV controlled substance in the United States.

In Costa Rica the medications sold containing Sibutramine are Anukit, Betagen, Cetonil, Controlez, Esbelta, Lowex, Mesura, Raductil, Sibutramina clorhidrato calox, Sibutramina genfar and Vintix.

The ministrerio de Salud also order a destruction of the raw material and stocked products and said it will be making an inspection to ensure the order is complied with.


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