Boehringer Ingelheim Canada Endorses Recent Ephedra Recall

Media Advisory

Quality Quest Brand Products: Always Ephedra-Free, Always Put Safety First

Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd., (BICL) supports Health Canada's recent decision to recall certain products containing Ephedra/ephedrine; an ingredient often used in weight loss products. Nancy Baines, Vice President, Consumer Health Care (BICL) agrees with the recall saying, "We fully support the actions of Health Canada to ensure the safety of consumers." It is important that consumers are provided with accurate and up to date information about health products which are effective and safe. To this end BICL has been actively working with Health Canada towards stricter quality, ingredient and labeling regulations.

Ephedra Poses Serious Risk to Canadians Health

Ephedra (or MaHuang) is associated with many side effects, such as increased heart rate, blood pressure, anxiety, nervousness, tremor, irritability, and insomnia. As well, Ephedra-based weight loss products have been associated with seizures and strokes. Since June 2001, over 60 adverse events have been reported in Canada related to the use of Ephedra/ephedrine. Furthermore, a product that combines large doses of ephedrine with caffeine was reported as a contributing factor in one death in Canada.

BICL Educates Public about Safe and Effective Weight Loss Solutions

BICL's Quest brand products have always stood for safety and quality. Our Quest brand, TrimFit®, the #2 supplement in the dietary aid category, is Ephedra-free and always has been. "In the launch of our weight loss product, TrimFit®, we specifically left out Ephedra due to the safety issues surrounding its use," says Matthew James, BICL Brand and New Product Development Manager. BICL choose ingredients that were not only safe but also were clinically proven to support weight loss. These ingredients include:

      • Advantra-Z™ (Citrus aurantium): bitter orange; contains five adrenergic compounds that increase metabolic rate but do not affect heart rate or blood pressure.


      • Tonalin™ (Conjugated Linoleic Acid): Research notes CLA inhibits fat storage and promotes fat-burning.


    • Green Tea Extract: camellia sinensis; an antioxidant containing compounds thought to increase levels of fat oxidation and fat burning.

Boehringer Ingelheim manufactures high quality vitamins, nutritional supplements and herbal preparations. The company prides itself on offering products with unsurpassed potency, purity and effectiveness thanks to rigorous quality control testing at every stage of production.

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