Complementary medicine weight loss products complaints submitted to the TGA in 2018-2019. Follow-up.

This research was conducted by a team of Monash University BSc students on a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placement, supervised by Assoc Prof Ken Harvey.

Monash University WIL Medreach Team, July 2020

The team reviewed the following complaints submitted on:

The students found that all products complained about in 2018-2019 continue to be promoted today (29/07/2020). Screenshots of current advertisements are appended.

They also reviewed the following literature and found no evidence to support the claims made for ingredients used in complementary medicine weight loss products.

  • Pittler MH, Ernst E. Dietary supplements for body-weight reduction: a systematic review. Am J Clin Nutr. 2004;79(4):529-536. doi:10.1093/ajcn/79.4.529
  • Saper RB, Eisenberg DM, Phillips RS. Common dietary supplements for weight loss. Am Fam Physician. 2004;70(9):1731-1738.
  • Harvey KJ, Korczak VS, Marron LJ, Newgreen DB. Commercialism, choice and consumer protection: regulation of complementary medicines in Australia. Med J Aust. 2008;188(1):21-25.
  • Lobb A. Science of weight loss supplements: compromised by conflicts of interest?. World J Gastroenterol. 2010;16(38):4880-4882. doi:10.3748/wjg.v16.i38.4880
  • Mullin GE. Supplements for weight loss: hype or help for obesity? Part III. Nutr Clin Pract. 2015;30(3):446-449. doi:10.1177/0884533615578918
  • Maunder A, Bessell E, Lauche R, Adams J, Sainsbury A, Fuller NR. Effectiveness of herbal medicines for weight loss: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2020;22(6):891-903. doi:10.1111/dom.13973

They highlighted 27 permissible indications that they believed facilitated weight loss claims despite the lack evidence to support them. These are listed here.

They submitted a paper on their research for consideration of publication.

Finally, the advertisements appended are a sample of complementary medicine weight loss products complained about in 2019-2019 that students found were still being promoted today.

https://www.chemistwarehouse.com.au/buy/88367/naturopathica-fatblaster-clinical-60-capsules
https://www.pharmacydirect.com.au/naturopathica-fatblaster-fatmagnet-fat-absorber-100-tablets
https://vitaminsonly.com.au/products/naturopathica-fat-blaster-max-60-tablets
https://www.chemistwarehouse.com.au/buy/71930/naturopathica-fatblaster-garcinia-max-60-capsules
https://www.westfield.com.au/products/pharmacy-4-less/fatblaster-triple-tea-fat-burner-60-tablets/0c888589-51f0-4509-b76d-2ddfdf91d30d
https://www.goodpricepharmacy.com.au/naturopathica-fatblaster-apple-cider-vinegar-garcinia-max-60-capsules
https://www.superpharmacy.com.au/products/naturopathica-fatblaster-reducta-appetite-suppressant-40-tablets
http://www.empiresupplies.com.au/impromy-metabolic-c12-30-capsules.html
https://www.chemistwarehouse.com.au/buy/90045/optislim-clinical-60-capsules
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Healthy-Care-Forskolin-125mg-60-Capsules-supports-weight-digestion-metabolism/253186748486
http://healthycare.com.au/index.php/our-products/weight-management/item/89318-hc-ultra-strength-garcinia-cambogia-10000-100-capsules?category_id=62
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/BLOOMS-MELT-COMPLEX-60-CAPSULES-METABOLISM-THERMOGENESIS-GARCINIA-WEIGHT-LOSS/162770031097?
https://www.evelynfaye.com.au/cabot-health-metabocel.html

In addition, new weight loss listed products have been added to the ARTG. These include FatBlaster Platinum Metabolism which contains the same SLENDACOR™ ingredients of the cancelled FatBlaster Clinical with minor additions.

https://pharmacyjunction.com.au/product/naturopathica-fatblaster-clinical-60-capsules/
https://www.woolworths.com.au/shop/productdetails/91646/naturopathica-fat-blaster-platinum-metabolism

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