TGA takes action on diet pills

Regulator says there's no evidence for 'appetite suppression' claims.
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01.Swisse's 'appetite suppressant' renamed to avoid ban


Swisse Ultiboost Appetite Suppressant has been renamed 'Hunger Control' to sidestep a ban by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), which found insufficient evidence to support the claims of 'appetite suppression' for the product.

It contains “Slimaluma”, an extract from a cactus Caralluma fimbriata, used traditionally for reducing hunger. It’s the same ingredient found in FatBlaster Reducta, which was banned by the TGA last year – though is still sold.

Meanwhile Naturopathica, the company behind Reducta, has now listed a new product with the TGA – Naturopathica Reducta – containing the same ingredient and making claims that it's for hunger reduction rather than an appetite suppressant.

Other weight loss products recently banned by the TGA include Fat Eliminator (Thinz Ltd) and Undoit Plus, which continue to be sold. Another product, Quicktrim Suppress and Burn (Opti-pharm) was banned before it hit the shelves. Quicktrim Suppress, which claims to “help reduce hunger and relieve fatigue” is still available.


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