Warning on buying unregulated slimming preparations

Posted 11 April 2016

In terms of Regulation 48C published in November 2013, “complementary medicines falling in Category D and in the pharmacological classification 32.3 (Slimming preparations) and pharmacological classifications 7.1, 21.7 (Male sex hormones), pharmacological classification 21.8 (Female sex hormones) and pharmacological classification 21.9 (androgen-oestrogen combinations) claiming sexual stimulation and sexual dysfunction available for sale in the Republic on the date on which it comes into operation shall be subjected to registration within 24 months of the date of this publication.” That deadline therefore expired in November 2015. Those products for which a complete application for registration has not been submitted should now be removed from the market.

The Australian Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) has issued a warning which applies everywhere, not just in Australia.

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Pink Bikini, Shorts on The Beach Dietary Supplements by Lucy’s Weight Loss System: Recall – Undeclared Drug Ingredient

Posted 01 February 2016

Although this USA Food Drug Administration (FDA) recall is USA specific, it reminds us that adulteration of supplements with undeclared drugs is always a risk. These products were tainted with Sibutramine, Phenolphthalein, and/or Diclofenac.

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Recalled, drug-tainted supplements still available for purchase

Posted 22 October 2014

(Reuters Health)

“Long after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued recalls for dietary supplements tainted with banned drugs, more than half of the tainted supplements were still available for purchase, a new study found”.

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Phenolphthalein (banned) found in LeanGenie product

Posted 20 November 2012

Phenolphthalein (banned in South Africa for safety concerns) and sibutramine has been found in the LeanGenie product, JS Slim-weight-loss capsules, and in Lifestyle Tradelink’s Fruit & Vegetables-capsules.  

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