For many Australians, weight loss is something that they are always looking to achieve. In order to get to their ideal size, there are a number of avenues to explore including healthy eating, exercise or even surgery.
However, in recent years, a number of weight loss pills have emerged on the market. These products offer a simple solution, but according to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), weight loss pills can have adverse health effects.
In late October, the TGA recalled the BASCHI Quick Slimming capsules after testing found it contained the dangerous chemical – sibutramine. This ingredient hit the headlines in 2010 when it was taken out of many products after being linked to an increased risk of cardiac events and stroke.
Today, sibutramine is a prescription-only substance in Australia with the BASCHI Quick Slimming available solely via the internet. The TGA understands that a number of Australians have purchased this product over recent months.
As a result, it illegal to supply these capsules in Australia.
What should consumers do?
In its safety advisory, the TGA said that any consumers who have purchased the BASCHI Quick Slimming capsules should take them to their local pharmacy. Additionally, individuals with concerns about their use of the product should talk to their doctor for further advice.
This isn't the first recall of pills from the internet and certainly won't be the last. As such, the TGA has again highlighted the risk associated with products potentially containing harmful and undisclosed ingredients that don't meet basic Australia health standards.
In fact, on the same day, Longue Jambe Freres (Brother Long Legs) tablets were also found to contain undeclared chemical – sildenafil. The product is only available online, but authorities are concerned about its presence in Australia. Again, there are widespread warnings about its use.
Product liability in NSW
If you have suffered an illness as a result of using a product, regardless of whether it has been recalled or not, you could be eligible for compensation.
Medical issues from products are more common than most people think so if you believe you have a case, contact a compensation lawyer at Gerard Malouf & Partners.
These lawyers operate on a no win no fee basis so they can advise you on your chances of success free of charge. If they think you have a case, it's completely up to you whether you engage their services.