TGA warns that the tablets contain undeclared sildenafil
The TGA has tested a product labelled V-MAX herbal tablets and found that it contains undeclared sildenafil.
“Consumers are advised that sildenafil is a prescription-only (S4) medicine in Australia,” says the TGA in an alert published on Wednesday.
“The supply of V-MAX herbal tablets containing the undisclosed sildenafil is illegal.
“These V-MAX herbal 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.”
Consumers have been advised to stop taking V-MAX herbal tablets and take any remaining tablets to their local pharmacy for safe disposal.
Those with concerns about use of this product are encouraged to consult a healthcare practitioner.
The TGA says it is working with the Australian Border Force (ABF) to help stop future shipments of V-MAX herbal tablets from entering Australia.
If these tablets are found at the border by the ABF they will be seized and destroyed.
The TGA advises consumers to exercise “extreme caution” when purchasing medicines from unknown overseas Internet sites, highlighting the risks associated with buying medicines and medical devices online.
Products purchased over the Internet may contain undisclosed and potentially harmful ingredients, and may not meet the same standards of quality, safety and efficacy as those approved by the TGA for supply in Australia, it says.