REDDES (or REDDIES) capsules

Safety advisory

26 May 2014

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

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

  • it contains the undeclared substances sulfosildenafil and hydroxyhomothiosildenafil an analogue of sildenafil.
  • image of the REDDES (or REDDIES) packagingconsumers are advised that both hydroxyhomothiosildenafil and sulfosildenafil are prescription-only medicines.

The supply of REDDES capsules is illegal.

REDDES 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 have bought the product online.

Information for consumers

  • Stop taking REDDES 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 Australian Customs and Border Protection Services (ACBPS) to help stop future shipments of REDDES capsules 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