Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS)

Safety advisory

13 November 2014

Consumers and health professionals are advised that the TGA is aware of media reports relating to the safety of Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS), including a report that four people were hospitalised in Victoria after using the product.1

MMS is marketed as water purification drops and may be offered under different names, including Miracle Mineral Supplement. It contains 28% sodium chlorite, which is a chemical used as a textile bleaching agent and disinfectant. Products containing this concentration of sodium chlorite pose a serious health risk if consumed by humans and should be labelled with warnings and the word 'POISON'.

MMS is not approved by the TGA for any therapeutic use.

In Australia, products that are used in the purification or treatment of drinking water, and which do not make therapeutic claims, are not considered therapeutic goods.

However, based on the media reports, the TGA is concerned that some people may be using MMS to treat illnesses or for other therapeutic purposes. Using MMS in this way will not have any therapeutic benefit and may have toxic effects.

The TGA is working with state and territory health authorities to investigate whether supply of MMS complies with all applicable regulatory requirements.

Information for consumers

Using MMS at higher concentrations or for purposes other than water purification can pose a serious risk to your health.

Using MMS in this way can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and severe dehydration.

You are reminded of the risks associated with buying medicines over the internet, particularly if the sellers are based overseas. Products purchased over the internet may contain undisclosed and potentially harmful ingredients, and may not meet the same standards of quality, safety and efficacy as those approved by the TGA for supply in Australia.

You are strongly encouraged to talk to a health professional before using any unapproved product that makes therapeutic claims.

Information for health professionals

Please be aware of the above issue.

Consider advising patients of the risks of using MMS at higher concentrations or for purposes other than water purification, as well as those associated with buying medicines over the internet and using any unapproved products that make therapeutic claims.

Reporting problems

Consumers and health professionals are encouraged to report problems with medicines or vaccines. Your report will contribute to the TGA's monitoring of these products.

The TGA cannot give advice about an individual's medical condition. You are strongly encouraged to talk with a health professional if you are concerned about a possible adverse event associated with a medicine or vaccine.

Reference

1. Herald Sun. Genesis II Church of Health and Healing's 'Miracle Mineral Solution' slammed by AMA as 'snake oil'. 3 Nov 2014.

Further information

Department of Health Victoria. Health Warning on 'Miracle Mineral Solution'. 2014 Nov 4.

Health Canada. Health Canada seizes dangerous health products from online retailer. 2014 Oct 18.

FDA. 'Miracle' Treatment Turns into Potent Bleach. 2010 Oct 1.