Lanky Genuine capsules pose a serious risk to your health and should not be taken.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has tested a product labelled Lanky Genuine capsules and found that:
the capsules contain the undeclared substance sibutramine and phenolphthalein.
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 It was withdrawn in October 2010 after a study showed an increased risk of major cardiac events.
phenolphthalein is a prescription-only substance previously marketed as an oral laxative, withdrawn from sale from many markets in the late 1990's due to concerns over its carcinogenicity with long term use.
The supply of Lanky Genuine capsules containing undisclosed sibutramine and phenolphthalein is illegal.
Lanky Genuine 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 Lanky Genuine 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 of Lanky Genuine capsules from entering Australia.
If these capsules are found at the border by the ABF they will be seized and destroyed.
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