Kiriko spared the subtle when it came to its weight loss pill A1 Slim. The name leaves no doubt about the pill’s purpose and leaves little room for any products to be listed above it alphabetically.
But Kiriko also loaded up on appetite suppressant and laxative ingredients, such as sibutramine, phenolphthalein and N-Desmethyl sibutramine. All those have been yanked from the U.S. market as endangering health, which is why Kiriko recalled all its A1 Slim 30-capsule bottles.
Appetite suppressant Sibutramine and its metabolites, such as N-Desmethyl sibutramine, were pulled from the U.S. market in October 2010 because they “substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke,” the FDA recall notice says.
As for phenolphthalein, it used to be used in laxatives before being banned for concerns about its ability to cause cells to become cancerous.
The pills were sold by mail order nationwide and in Houston retail stores from December 2016 through May.