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Brother of dieter killed by sibutramine wants second probe against Lyn pill manufacturer

May 17. 2018
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By Khanathit Srihirandej
The Nation

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The younger brother of a Kanchanaburi woman who died on March 28 after taking Lyn weight-loss pills for days filed a complaint on Thursday with the Consumer Protection Police Division in Bangkok, seeking a new and faster-paced probe against the product distributor and manufacturer.

The 30-year-old Wutthikorn Mon-ing said his bank-worker sister Pimonwan Mon-ing, 31, died of an acute heart attack due to the products allegedly being laced with the appetite suppressant sibutramine. He said his grief-stricken mother fell ill and passed away six days after her daughter Pimonwan died. 

Claiming to having received a phone call by the product distributor offering Bt1 million in compensation, he said the amount didn’t match the family’s pain over losing its two members. 

“The product distributor and manufacturer must take responsibility and ensure my sister's death is the last [among] its customers,” he said.

His accompanying lawyer Ronnarong Kaewphetch said they filed the complaint with the Consumer Protection division because the case being investigation by Muang Kanchanaburi police was not sufficiently progressing. He said they would also asked the Royal Thai Police head office to re-open “many cases of people who died after taking Lyn products”. 

However, the division’s fourth command superintendent Pol Colonel Paitoon Pulsawat said the local police were probing Pimonwan’s death and his division could not just take it over unless there were complications.

Police allege that Lyn products contain sibutramine and the laxative bisacodyl and have already closed the company’s offices as well as raided factories associated with the brand. Police have said they would charge the distributor with premeditated murder if provided with solid evidence linking the Lyn brand products to the deaths. 

A medical examiner had confirmed Pimonwan’s death stemmed from taking sibutramine, but results on two other deaths of product consumers weren’t yet out.

In the police's separate action against the Magic Skin food supplement products that were accused of being substandard and illegal, national police deputy chief Pol General Weerachai Songmetta on Thursday morning led the search of another factory linked to the company in Bangkok’s Soi Arun Amarin 53. 

Meanwhile, another police team seized a Porsche car from the Chao Phraya Massage parlour’s parking lot. A probe found that the car had originally belonged to Magic Skin case suspect and business owner Wannapa Poungson, who then transferred it to her close aid Apiwat Pongwattananukul. 

Apiwat – the owner of a factory making food supplements in Samut Sakhon, which he received by transfer from yet another case suspect Kasit Worachington – is among the seven additional people summoned by police to give information over their alleged involvement with the Magic Skin Co business. 

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