Reduce Weight Fruta Planta capsules

Safety advisory

4 November 2011

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is aware that some Australian consumers may have purchased the product Reduce Weight Fruta Planta capsules over the internet. The label of this product claims to be 100% Pure Natural.

However, analysis undertaken by the TGA Laboratories in Australia has confirmed the presence of therapeutic quantities of sibutramine and phenolphthalein in these capsules. Consumers are advised that sibutramine was a prescription-only medicine supplied in Australia until it was withdrawn in October 2010 due to safety concerns, particularly in patients with a history of cardiovascular disease. Phenolphthalein was previously used as an oral laxative, but is no longer available in Australia because of serious safety concerns associated with its long term use.

Reduce Weight Fruta Planta packagingReduce Weight Fruta Planta 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. In Australia, commercial supply of Reduce Weight Fruta Planta capsules is illegal.

If you have purchased Reduce Weight Fruta Planta capsules you are advised to cease using them and discard any remaining product. If you have concerns arising from your use of this product, you should consult your health care practitioner.

Consumers are again advised to exercise extreme caution about purchasing medicines from unknown overseas internet sites. Products purchased in this way may not meet the same standards of quality, safety and efficacy as those approved by the TGA for supply in Australia, and may contain undisclosed and potentially harmful ingredients.