TGA warns consumers about the use of Burmese medicines

16 April 2012

The TGA is advising consumers not to purchase or use unproven products such as Burmese traditional powders. These powders are sometimes used to assist digestion or to promote strength in babies.

These products have not been formally assessed by the TGA and are not included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods. All therapeutic goods must be included in the Register unless exempted. This is indicated on the product label by a number preceded by AUST R or AUST L.

Penalties of up to $5.5m apply to the illegal importation or supply of therapeutic goods.

Patients and consumers are urged to discuss with their doctor or healthcare practitioner the use of appropriate medicines that are included on the Register.

Reporting an adverse event

Consumers and health professionals are strongly encouraged to report any adverse reactions associated with the use of medicines to the TGA.

Disclaimer

The TGA cannot give personal 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 reaction to a medicine.