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Sheaya Herbs tablets by Kulchaya

Safety advisory

29 November 2019

Sheaya Herbs tablets by Kulchaya pose a serious risk to your health and should not be taken.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has tested a product labelled Sheaya Herbs by Kulchaya and found that:

  • The Sheaya Herbs tablets contain unscheduled pharmaceutical substance bisacodyl.

Bisacodyl is a laxative that is marketed as an over-the-counter medicine in Australia, but is not scheduled in the Poisons Standard.

The supply of Sheaya Herbs tablets containing Bisacodyl is illegal.

Sheaya Herbs tablets 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.

Information for consumers

  • Stop taking Sheaya Herbs tablets 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 of Sheaya Herbs tablets 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

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