Some users of Medicine 2000 Pharmacy products in Oshakati are concerned about a slimming product which does not stipulate its ingredients. “Although the pharmacist assured us that the medicine is safe if used accordingly, we are concerned that it does not reveal its content. This causes us to fear side-effects emanating from the use of this product. We are very concerned that if we continue swallowing this liquid that it may cause additional problems to our health,” says one of the users.
The user says the medicine is effective when it comes to reducing weight, but his only concern is that the contents are not known. However, he assures Informanté that he has nothing sinister against Medicine 2000 Pharmacy in going public with his questions.
This, he said, is only because he wants clarity on the matter and as a way to inform and educate members of the public about the issue. Popularly known as “Slimtrim Medicine 2000,” the liquid product is dispensed at a cost of N$100 per 200 ml bottle.
The prescription on the bottle says: “Take two medicine measures in the morning, two in the afternoon, but not later than 15h00.” Upon enquiry, Christo Cooper, the pharmacist who developed the product, said there is nothing secret about the product. The ingredients are not on the label so as to protect the business against professional poachers who may steal their idea and use it against the originator of the medicine.
“We are not revealing the ingredients out of professional concern and we want this to remain the exclusive property of Charles Locke, the owner of Medicine 2000 Pharmacy. If we reveal the content, everyone will go around and do the same and this will negatively affect our business,” he explained.
Cooper, a South African citizen who previously developed similar medicines, said the product is provided on special request to the customers and all the ingredients can be bought on the shelf. It is only a matter of mixing them. He told Informanté that all the products contained in the medicine are registered with the Medical Control Board of Namibia.
“The users should be cautioned that it is dangerous to people with high blood pressure (HBP) and that it should not be taken after 15h00 in the afternoon, because the person may not sleep well. Furthermore, all that our customers need to know is that this is just an appetite suppressant with vitamin combinations. There is nothing to be concerned about as long as the person using it follows the prescription. Those who are not allowed to use it, such as HBP sufferers, should stay away,” Cooper advised.