Bittermelon Slimming Capsules pose a serious risk to your health and should not be taken.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has tested a product labelled Bittermelon Slimming Capsules and found that:
the capsules contain the undeclared substance sibutramine.
consumers are advised that sibutramine is a prescription-only medicine (which was the active ingredient in Reductil). It was withdrawn in October 2010 after a study showed an increased risk of major cardiac events.
The supply of Bittermelon Slimming Capsules containing undisclosed sibutramine is illegal.
Bittermelon Slimming 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 Bitter Melon Slimming 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 Bittermelon Slimming Capsules from entering Australia.
If these capsules are found at the border by the ABF they will be seized and destroyed.
The Department of Health and Aged Care acknowledges First Nations peoples as the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to all Elders both past and present.