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U.S. bans nostrums

POSTED 8:45 a.m. 11.07.00

The U.S. government is forcing the pull-back of a number of over-the-counter nostrums they fear may cause death.

In Canada, health officials are puzzled at the increase of adverse side effects from this year's batch of anit-flu serums.

Question: Why is anyone suprised?

Consumer, you pay your money, you take your chances, they pocket the profit.

It's the way the world works.

Here's the latest list of 'health-care' products you might not want to inhale, swallow, or poke into one of your orifices:

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association says these products contain phenylpropanolamine, or PPA, the chemical that the F.D.A. is planning to ban because it can increase the risk of stroke among young women. The chemical is also in similar products marketed by many drug store and supermarket chains as house brands.

  • Acutrim Diet Gum Appetite Suppressant Plus Dietary Supplements;
  • Acutrim Maximum Strength Appetite Control;
  • Alka-Seltzer Plus Children's Cold Medicine Effervescent;
  • Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine (Cherry or orange flavor);
  • Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine Original;
  • Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Cough Medicine Effervescent;
  • Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Flu Medicine Effervescent;
  • Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Sinus Effervescent;
  • Alka-Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold Medicine Effervescent;
  • BC Allergy Sinus Cold Powder;
  • BC Sinus Cold Powder;
  • Comtrex Deep Chest Cold & Congestion Relief;
  • Comtrex Flu Therapy & Fever Relief Day & Night;
  • Contac 12 Hour Cold Capsules;
  • Contac 12 Hour Cold Caplets;
  • Dexatrim Caffeine Free;
  • Dexatrim Extended Duration;
  • Dexatrim Gelcaps; Dexatrim Vitamin C/Caffeine Free;
  • Dimetapp Cold & Allergy Chewable Tablets;
  • Dimetapp Cold & Cough Liqui- Gels;
  • Dimetapp DM Cold & Cough Elixir;
  • Dimetapp Elixir;
  • Dimetapp 4-Hour Liqui-Gels;
  • Dimetapp 4-Hour Tablets;
  • Dimetapp 12-Hour Extentabs Tablets;
  • Naldecon DX Pediatric Drops;
  • Permathene Mega-16;
  • Robitussin CF;
  • Tavist-D 12 Hour Relief of Sinus & Nasal Congrestion;
  • Triaminic DM Cough Relief.
  • Triaminic Expectorant Chest & Head Congestion;
  • Triaminic Syrup Cold & Allergy
  • Triaminic Triaminicol Cold & Cough

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