France T253 capsules

Safety advisory

4 May 2017

France T253 capsules pose a serious risk to your health and should not be taken.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has tested a product labelled France T253 capsules and found that:

  • the capsules contain the undeclared substance sildenafil and chloramphenicol.

France T253 packaging

Consumers are advised that sildenafil is a prescription-only substance in Australia.

Consumers are advised that chloramphenicol is a broad spectrum antibiotic used for topical treatment for infections. In Australia it is a pharmacist only substance for ophthalmic use and a prescription-only substance for all other uses.

The supply of France T253 capsules containing undisclosed sildenafil is illegal.

France T253 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 France T253 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 France T253 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 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