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Green lipped mussel and cancer

28 September 1999

The New Zealand green lipped mussel has been the subject of recent interest as there have been claims that the mussel and the oil extracted from it can treat cancer. The TGA is not aware of any clinical evidence to show that green lipped mussel, or extracts derived from it, are of any value in the treatment of human cancer. Cancer patients should not rely on this substance for the treatment of their cancer and should seek medical advice before including it in their treatment regime.

There are a number of therapeutic goods available on the Australian market containing green lipped mussel and there is no evidence that sponsors of these products are responsible for these unfounded claims. Under the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code, claims about cancer treatment or prevention are prohibited in advertisements directed to the public.