Health Canada

Health Canada

December 24, 2009 08:00 ET

Health Canada Warns Consumers Not to Use the Unauthorized Product "RevolutionDS Weight Loss"

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 24, 2009) - Health Canada is warning consumers not to use "RevolutionDS Weight Loss", an unauthorized health product promoted for weight loss, because it contains benzylpiperazine (BZP), and may pose serious health risks.

Currently, BZP has no known therapeutic use. While BZP is frequently claimed to be a "natural" substance, it is a synthetic substance. It may cause effects such as increased body temperature, increased blood pressure, dilated pupils, increased euphoria, alertness and paranoia. Health Canada is currently assessing whether BZP should be added to one of the schedules to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA). Such a decision would mean that all activities with BZP, e.g. possession, importation, exportation, distribution, production, etc., would be illegal unless authorized by regulation.

The recommended doses on the labels of the products (1-2 capsules) and recommended maximum daily dose on the labels of the products (4 capsules) will expose consumers to levels of BZP that have been associated with serious and life-threatening health consequences, including a Canadian report of cardiac arrhythmia (abnormal electrical activity of the heart) that was reported associated with the use of "RevolutionDS Weight Loss". BZP could also negatively interact with other substances, such as alcohol and prescription drugs. Scientific data also indicates that BZP has abuse potential because of its amphetamine-like effects.

"RevolutionDS Weight Loss" is distributed by http://revolutionds.com/. The listed contact on the website for the product has not been forthcoming in providing all required information to effectively recall the unauthorized product. Canadians who have used "RevolutionDS Weight Loss" and are concerned about their health should consult a health care practitioner.

The labels are depicted in the pictures shown at the following address : http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/weight1.jpg

Drugs and natural health products that are authorized for sale in Canada have an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), a Natural Product Number (NPN) or a Drug Identification Number for Homeopathic Medicine (DIN-HM) on the label.

Consumers requiring more information about this warning can contact Health Canada's public enquiries line at (613) 957-2991, or toll free at 1-866-225-0709.

You can report any adverse reactions associated with the use of health products to the Canada Vigilance Program by one of the following three ways:

- Report online (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/medeff/report-declaration/index-eng.php) at the MedEffect™ Canada (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/medeff/index-eng.php) section of the Health Canada website

- Call toll-free at 1-866-234-2345

- Complete a Canada Vigilance Reporting Form (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/medeff/report-declaration/ar-ei_form-eng.php) and either:



-- Fax toll-free to 1-866-678-6789

-- Mail to: Canada Vigilance Program
Health Canada
AL 0701D
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9


To have postage pre-paid, download the postage paid label (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/medeff/report-declaration/post_paid-affranchi-eng.php) from the MedEffect™ Canada (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/medeff/index-eng.php) section of the Health Canada website. The Canada Vigilance Reporting Form (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/medeff/report-declaration/ar-ei_form-eng.php) and the adverse reaction reporting guidelines may also be obtained via this section.

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Contact Information

  • Media Inquiries:
    Health Canada
    613-957-2983
    or
    Public Inquiries:
    613-957-2991
    1-866-225-0709