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Buying health products online has risks
There are legal and health risks if you buy medicines or medical devices on the internet.
The internet can be an easy way to access therapeutic goods. But be careful about buying medicines or medical devices online.
We regulate medicines and medical devices supplied in Australia. When you buy medicines online, we don't know who made them, or what's in them. And neither do you.
You can't tell if they are counterfeit (fake), toxic or have illegal ingredients. Counterfeit medicines and medical devices are often packaged to look like the real product.
Seek advice from your doctor or health professional if you're unsure about a health product.
- Safety alertsRead our safety advisory for Medicines containing Withania somnifera (Withania, Ashwagandha). Be aware of potential gastrointestinal symptoms and very rare cases of liver injury.
- Product recallsThere have been reports of the dose counter stopping after the 10th dose and not locking after the 60th dose. If this happens, you should return the product to your place of purchase or contact Boehringer Ingelheim.
- Liquefy Health Pty Ltd fined for allegedly importing and advertising unapproved complementary medicinesMedia releasesThe TGA has issued 4 infringement notices totalling $75,120 to Liquefy Health Pty Ltd for the alleged unlawful importation and advertising of unapproved complementary medicines.
- Safety updatesMedicines Safety Update - Information for health professionals
- NewsConsistent with recent EMA updates of acceptable intakes for established N-nitrosamines, the TGA has published updated acceptable intakes for nitrosamines in medicines.