Dr Ming's Chinese capsule

Safety advisory

9 February 2015

Dr Ming's Chinese capsule poses a serious risk to your health and should not be taken.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has tested a product labelled Dr Ming's Chinese capsule and found that:

  • the tablets contain the undeclared substance sildenafil
  • front image of Dr Ming's Chinese capsule packagingconsumers are advised that sildenafil is a prescription-only substance.

The supply of Dr Ming's Chinese capsule is illegal.

Dr Ming's Chinese capsule 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 Dr Ming's Chinese capsule and take any remaining tablets 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

back image of Dr Ming's Chinese capsule packagingThe TGA is working with Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) to help stop future shipments of Dr Ming's Chinese capsule from entering Australia.

If these capsules are found at the border by ACBPS they will be seized and destroyed.

The TGA is advising consumers to exercise extreme caution when purchasing medicines from unknown overseas Internet sites. 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:

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