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

PUBLISHED ON THU, MAY 17, 2018 5:54 PM

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

By Khanathit Srihirandej 
The Nation




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. 



-- © Copyright The Nation 2018-5-17
latest news from Thailand

Mother admits drowning her three-year-old son in AyutthayaBy The Nation  A Nonthaburi mother on Friday confessed to drowning her three-year-old son in a small pond in Ayutthaya out of frustration because she had not been drunk for days, police said. Rungthip Yothikar, 34, admitted on Friday...


PM in Brussels for 12th ASEM and EU-ASEAN Leader's Meeting  BRUSSELS, 19th October 2018 (NNT) – The Prime Minister has met Thai citizens living in Belgium ahead of taking part in the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and EU-ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting. Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha was greeted by...


Thai drivers ignoring 11 million traffic ticketsBy The Nation FILE photo With drivers in Thailand currently ignoring more than 11 million traffic tickets, police are hastening efforts to link their online database with the Land Transport Department’s vehicle registration system. Pol Lt Gen...


Teachers must adapt to changing world, summit toldBy The Nation  The role of a teacher must go beyond lecturing in an era where advanced technology alienates people from one another and online information is a mix of truth and lies, Royal Society member Prof Emeritus Sumon Amornvivat said at a...