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TGA - Therapeutic Goods Administration

04/17/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/16/2018 23:10

LIPRO Dietary capsules

LIPRO Dietary capsules pose a serious risk to your health and should not be taken.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has tested a product labelled LIPRO Dietary capsules and found that:

  • the capsules contain the undeclared substances sibutramine and diphenhydramine.

Consumers are advised that sibutramine is a prescription-only substance in Australia. Sibutramine (which was the active ingredient in Reductil) was withdrawn in October 2010 after a study showed an increased risk of major cardiac events. Diphenhydramine is a pharmacy only substance and used as an antihistamine.

The supply of LIPRO Dietary capsules containing undisclosed sibutramine and diphenhydramine is illegal.

LIPRO Dietary capsules have not been assessed by the TGA for quality, safety or efficacy as required under Australian legislation, and the place of manufacture is not approved by the TGA.

TGA investigations have shown that a number of people in Australia may have bought the product online.

Information for consumers

  • Stop taking LIPRO Dietary capsules and take any remaining capsules to your local pharmacy for safe disposal(link is external).
  • If you have any concerns arising from your use of this product, consult your health care practitioner.

Action the TGA is taking

The TGA is working with the Australian Border Force (ABF) to help stop future shipments of LIPRO Dietary capsules from entering Australia.

If these capsules are found at the border by the ABF they will be seized and destroyed.

The TGA is advising consumers to exercise extreme caution when purchasing medicines from unknown overseas Internet sites and has produced a short video on the risks associated with buying medicines and medical devices online. Products purchased over the Internet:

  • may contain undisclosed and potentially harmful ingredients
  • may not meet the same standards of quality, safety and efficacy as those approved by the TGA for supply in Australia.