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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Ask your doctor about Ribena

How the FDA would handle it

R ibena is a fruit drink made with blackcurrant juice that is sold in the UK. Until recently it was manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a big drug company (which might explain the drug-sounding name). It sounds very tasty, but from what I can tell it's not available here in the USA.

What would their commercials be like if it was sold in the USA? Those commercials about Stelara® might give us a clue.

Ribena is not for everyone. Although no users have reported skin growths, autoimmune disorders, or brain seizures while taking Ribena, call your doctor right away if you notice these symptoms. Ribena may contain blackcurrant extracts and other ingredients, including detectable amounts of vitamin C. Before starting Ribena, tell your doctor if you have any symptoms of excessive vitamin C intake, including headache, diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, hyperoxaluria, migraine, stomach cramps, or allergic reactions. Although many patients will not experience obesity after drinking Ribena, Ribena has been banned by Tesco's™, a grocery store chain that controls the government of the UK, to help fight obesity. If obesity is found early and treated, many people recover. Ribena is not addictive, but some patients may experience psychological dependence and may turn to crime to support their habit. Not all side effects may be reported. Always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Ask your doctor about Ribena today!

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