Herbal Max Real Slim Capsules

Safety advisory

4 August 2017

Herbal Max Real Slim capsules pose a serious risk to your health and should not be taken.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has tested a product labelled Herbal Max Real Slim capsules and found that:

Herbal Max Slim capsules and packaging
  • the capsules contain the undeclared substances sibutramine and phenolphthalein.
  • consumers are advised that sibutramine is a prescription-only medicine (which was the active ingredient in Reductil). It was withdrawn in October 2010 after a study showed an increased risk of major cardiac events.
  • phenolphthalein is a prescription-only substance previously marketed as an oral laxative, withdrawn from sale from many markets in the late 1990's due to concerns over its carcinogenicity with long term use.

The supply of Herbal Max Real Slim capsules containing undisclosed sibutramine and phenolphthalein is illegal.

Herbal Max Real Slim 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 Herbal Max Real Slim capsules and take any remaining capsules to your local pharmacy for safe disposal.
  • 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 Herbal Max Real Slim 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.

Report counterfeit medicines and medical devices

If you are worried about counterfeit medicines or medical devices, and want to report an issue, you can report the matter to the TGA:

How to report
Phone: 1800 020 653
Online: Report a perceived breach of the Therapeutic Goods Act or questionable practices relating to therapeutic products
Email: info@tga.gov.au