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Increase in reports of toxicity from fat burning supplement seen in UK

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4188 (Published 24 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4188
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Poisons centres in the United Kingdom have seen a sharp increase in reports of toxicity from a fat burning supplement called 2,4 dinitrophenol (DNP).

The supplement, used by body builders and dieters, is not licensed for medicinal use but is available on the internet. The benzene based chemical was originally used in the manufacture of dyes, wood preservatives, photographic developers, explosives, and insecticides. It was developed as a weight reducing drug in the 1930s but …

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