TGA warns of fake drugs

Pharmacy Daily - - NEWS -

AUS­TRALIANS are pur­chas­ing coun­ter­feit med­i­ca­tions on­line, with the Ther­a­peu­tic Goods Ad­min­is­tra­tion is­su­ing of­fi­cial warn­ings about two prod­ucts found to be un­der-strength and not re­lated to ap­proved items.

The il­le­gal drug im­ports have names sim­i­lar to le­gal med­i­ca­tions, and the TGA says its in­ves­ti­ga­tions show that a num­ber of peo­ple in Aus­tralia may have bought the prod­ucts over the in­ter­net.

The af­fected prod­ucts in­clude “Tamo 20 tablets” (pic­tured) which con­tain ta­mox­ifen at a strength lower than that de­scribed on the bot­tle.

“Tamo 20 tablets are not re­lated to the ap­proved medicine Ta­mox­ifen itrate,” the TGA ad­vised, adding that the sup­ply of the tablets is il­le­gal “as they are con­sid­ered to be coun­ter­feit”.

The agency has also raised con­cerns about lo­mid tablets which again are not re­lated to the ap­proved medicine Clomiphene Ci­trate.

on­sumers are be­ing ad­vised to im­me­di­ately stop tak­ing Tamo 20 and lo­mid tablets and take any re­main­ing cap­sules to their lo­cal phar­macy for safe dis­posal.

The TGA is work­ing with the Aus­tralian Bor­der Force to help stop fu­ture ship­ments of the items from en­ter­ing Aus­tralia.

“If these cap­sules are found at the bor­der...they will be seized and de­stroyed,” the TGA added, ad­vis­ing con­sumers to ex­cer­cise ex­treme cau­tion when pur­chas­ing medicines from un­known over­seas in­ter­net sites.

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