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19 Apr 2006

Slender Wonder – An ethical dilemma?

I have some concerns about the Slender Wonder program (one big one actually): the active pharmacological agents of the daily injections. Apparently it is protected by a non-disclosure agreement.

The US has the FDA, which approve most drugs we use and in SA I believe we have the Medicines Control Council (or something like that). What I don’t understand is how a physician can prescribe you something, give you instructions on how to inject yourself with it and make money out of you without telling you what you’re injecting yourself with (this is unethical at the very least!). And what about pre-clinical testing and clinical trials before something like this gets approval? Unless of course they’re selling you SABAX Water for Injection!

O yes, I was assured the injections were perfectly natural. And so is snake venom!

ANY comments on this would be appreciated!

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01 Jan 0001

Dear Bill
See my reply below. Yes, this is an ethical dilemma that is not being addressed in any way at the moment in SA. The only things you as a member of the public can do, is to: a) refuse to join up if they do not disclose what the injections contain; b) complain to the Medicines Control Council and the Pharmaceutical Association and the Association for Dietetics in SA (contact the latter at: 011 - 789-6621 or
Holding thumbs that you get to find out what the injections contain. If you do Please let me know as I believe they are so-called 'placebo' (like giving someone a sugar pill and telling them that the pill contains aspirin when it does not), which probably don't do any harm, but also don't help for weight loss.
Best regards
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