Impeous Man capsules

Safety advisory

6 February 2017

Impeous Man capsules pose a serious risk to your health and should not be taken.

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

Impeous Man packaging and capsules

  • the capsules contain the undeclared substance sildenafil; and
  • the capsules contain the undeclared substance phenolphthalein.

Consumers are advised that sildenafil and phenolphthalein are both prescription-only substances in Australia. Phenolphthalein was withdrawn from sale on many markets in the late 1990’s due to concerns over its carcinogenicity with long term use.

The supply of Impeous Man capsules containing undisclosed sildenafil and phenolphthalein is illegal.

Impeous Man 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 Impeous Man 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 Impeous Man 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 when 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:

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