TGA warns of serious health risk of Lipro Diet Pills

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 23rd December 2011

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), which is the Australian government regulatory agency for medicines, legal drugs and complementary health products, has issued a public safety advisory to notify consumers (or potential consumers) of  serious risks that a product known as Lipro Diet Pills may pose to health.

The TGA points out that the commercial supply of Lipro Diet Pills in Australia is illegal. However a number of people in Australia appear to have bought the product, seemingly through the Internet.

Recent testing by the TGA indicates that the product Lipro Diet Pills:

  • contains an undeclared prescription substance sibutramine, despite the product label claiming that they are “100% herbal”;  and
  • the levels of sibutramine the pills contain are even higher than the levels previously approved by the TGA for prescription.

Sibutramine was withdrawn from the Australian market in October 2010 after studies showed significant risks of heart disease.

Taking Lipro Diet Pills for weight loss therefore poses a serious risk to health.

Information for consumers

Australians are being warned against taking Lipro Diet Pills as well as discarding any such pills.

If consumers have any concerns arising from use of this product, the TGA recommends they consult their health care practitioner.

Action the TGA is taking

The TGA is working with Australian Customs and Border Protection Services (Customs) to help stop future shipments of Lipro Diet Pills from entering Australia.

If these pills are found at the border by Customs they will be seized and destroyed.

The TGA points out that Lipro Diet Pills 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.

Consumers are advised by the TGA to exercise extreme caution when purchasing medicines from unknown overseas Internet sites. The TGA reiterates that products purchased in this way may not meet the same standards of quality, safety and efficacy as those approved by the TGA for supply in Australia, and may contain undisclosed and potentially harmful ingredients