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Diabetes Drugs Disguised as Chinese Herb Formulae 

by: Joe Hing kwok Chu

The FDA warned that some of the prepackaged "herbs" contain prescription drugs that can be dangerous. Some might contain the prescription diabetes drugs, glyburide and phenformin and might create episodes of hypoglycemia.

Affected products are:

 Diabetes Hypoglucose Capsules, sold by Chinese Angel Health Products of Santa Monica, Calif.

 Pearl Hypoglycemic Capsules, imported by Sino American Health Products Inc. of Torrance, Calif., but also sold by Chinese Angel.

 Tongyitang Diabetes Angel Pearl Hypoglycemic Capsules and Tongyitang Diabetes Angel Hypoglycemic Capsules, sold by Sino American.

 Zhen Qi Capsules, sold by Sino American.

 The FDA has stopped imports of the products and is investigating how the drugs were added to the herbs and whether any other herbal products are contaminated.

 Chinese Angel and Sino American have agreed to recall the products, which may be returned to the place of purchase for a refund.

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