Meizitang Strong Version Botanical Slimming capsules

Safety advisory

2 April 2014

Meizitang Strong Version Botanical Slimming soft gel capsules pose a serious risk to your health and should not be taken.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has tested Meizitang Strong Version Botanical Slimming soft gel capsules and found that:

  • they contain the undeclared substance diclofenac a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine - despite the product label claims 100% Natural soft gel.
  • Meizitang Strong Version Botanical Slimming package and internal foilthey also contain the undeclared substance dipyrone which was previously used as an analgesic, but is no longer available in Australia due to serious safety concerns associated with links to a rare but sometimes fatal condition called agranulocytosis.

The supply of Meizitang Strong Version Botanical Slimming soft gel capsules is illegal.

Meizitang Strong Version Botanical Slimming soft gel 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 people in Australia may have bought the product online.

Information for consumers

  • Stop taking Meizitang Strong Version Botanical Slimming soft gel capsules and take any remaining soft gels to your local pharmacy for safe disposal.
  • If you have any concerns arising from your use of this product, consult your health care practitioner.
  • The ACCC has provided additional information, Watch out for weight loss scams, about the risks of scams promoting weight loss.

Action the TGA is taking

The TGA is working with Australian Customs and Border Protection Services (Customs) to help stop future shipments of Meizitang Strong Version Botanical Slimming soft gels from entering Australia.

If these soft gels are found at the border by Customs 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