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Health Canada Warns Consumers Not To Use Human Growth Hormone Drug Called GHR-15

Jun 7, 2005 | Health Canada

Health Canada is warning consumers not to use GHR-15, which is sometimes labelled as GHR, due to risks associated with unsubstantiated health claims, hyperthyroidism, and possible interactions and allergic reactions. This product is not authorized for sale in Canada.

GHR-15, which is available through the Internet in capsule and powder form, is promoted by BIE Health Products (Canada) as a human growth hormone (HGH) supplement. The company suggests it can cure or help prevent a variety of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, and multiple sclerosis. Human growth hormone therapy has not been proven to be effective via oral treatments, therefore people taking GHR-15 are not likely to experience any therapeutic benefits. Health Canada cautions against the self-diagnosis or self-treatment of serious diseases and advises Canadians that GHR-15 is not approved as a treatment for any of these diseases.

GHR-15 can also cause hyperthyroidism, which can lead to increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, excessive sweating, hand tremors, nervousness and anxiety, difficulty sleeping, weight loss despite increased appetite, increased activity level despite fatigue and weakness, and frequent bowel movements, occasionally with diarrhea.

The product contains, among other ingredients, several amino acids as well as anterior pituitary and hypothalamic extracts. Based on these ingredients, users of this product could also experience drug or hormone interactions and/or allergic reactions.

To date, there have been no adverse reactions reported to Health Canada regarding this drug. However, Health Canada has received numerous complaints about the claims made for this product. Consumers who have concerns about using GHR-15 should consult with a physician to determine an appropriate alternate therapy for their medical conditions.

In order not to contaminate ground water or municipal water systems, consumers are advised not to dispose of unused GHR-15 by flushing it down a toilet or pouring it down a sink. Any unused product should be returned to the supplier. Health Canada has issued a Customs Alert to the Canada Border Services Agency preventing further importation of this product.

Before being authorized for sale in Canada, a manufacturer must provide Health Canada with scientific evidence that a drug is both safe and effective in meeting its stated health claims, and that it is of high quality. Consumers are encouraged to use drug products that have been reviewed and authorized for sale by Health Canada. That such an authorization has been granted can be determined by the presence of an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), Natural Product Number (NPN), or a DIN-Homeopathic Number (DIN-HM). These numbers can be found on the labels of authorized products.

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