Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Local health authorities are warning people about the dangers of using Avitia products after a 24-year-old woman lost her life to the weight loss drug.
Lucero Priscila Garza, mother of a one-year-old in Monterrey, died after spending six days in a coma. The woman apparently took the Avitia weight loss drug for several days. She was declared brain dead and taken off life support six days after entering the hospital. She purchased the drug off Facebook, however, the page has since been taken down.
The Federal Commission for the Protection against Health Risks (Cofepirs ) issued an alert on all Avitia products saying that the product does not have a sanitary registry that guarantees its safety, quality or efficiency.
Coferpirs said that on the Internet and social networks, the products claim to help with everything from weight loss to curing diseases such as cancer, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, HIV, varices, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cirrhosis, male infertility, Gastritis, ulcers and others. The product was being sold for around 1,500 peso per bottle.
The local office of the commission in the municipality reported that during this past week, they have inspected 11 establishments that sell naturist products to make sure Avitia is not being offered.
Julio Mendoza Álvarez, head of the Cofepris for the municipality of Solidaridad explained, “Inspection visits have already begun in the municipality, but so far we have not detected any in pharmacies or health food stores.”
Mendoza Álvarez said that in their inspection they are including the review of products being cloned in order to prevent consumers from acquiring something that could be counterproductive to their health.
The list of Avitia products include Avitia Cobrax, Avitia Cobrax Forte, Avitia Rox, Avitia Tralix, Avitia Ares, Avitia Eshu, Avitia Zoí, Avitia Iron X, Avitia Glu, Avitia Cobrax Gel and Avitia Natex Gel.
Coferpirs is asking the public to report any sightings of these Avitia products in and around Playa del Carmen by calling 0 1 800 033 5050.
“Please give us the name of establishment, some geographical reference of the facade or the same address to locate them and we will send personnel to take the necessary actions,” said Mendoza Álvarez.