Australia Diary: Beautiful Lose Weight Gold 30 capsules pose a serious risk to your health

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The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia has tested a product labelled Beautiful Lose Weight Gold 30 capsules and found that the capsules contain the undeclared substances sibutramine and phenolphthalein.

Consumers have been advised that sibutramine is a prescription-only medicine (which was the active ingredient in Reductil). It was withdrawn in October 2010 after a study showed an increased risk of major cardiac events.

phenolphthalein is a prescription-only substance previously marketed as an oral laxative, withdrawn from sale from many markets in the late 1990’s due to concerns over its carcinogenicity with long term use.

The supply of Beautiful Lose Weight Gold 30 capsules containing undisclosed sibutramine and phenolphthalein is illegal in Australia.

Beautiful Lose Weight Gold 30 capsules 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. TGA investigations have shown that a number of people in Australia may have bought the product online.

The TGA is working with the Australian Border Force (ABF) to help stop future shipments of Beautiful Lose Weight Gold 30 capsules from entering Australia. If these capsules are found at the border by the ABF they will be seized and destroyed.

The TGA is advising consumers to exercise extreme caution when purchasing medicines from unknown overseas Internet sites and has produced a short video on the risks associated with buying medicines and medical devices online. Products purchased over the Internet:

Australia and Fiji Reaffirm Strengthening Security Relationship

Senator Marise Payne, Australian Minister for Defence

Australia and Fiji have reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening defence relationship following a successful bilateral defence ministers’ meeting in Nadi on 2 November.

Australia’s Minister for Defence, Senator Marise Payne, and Fiji’s Minister for National Security and Defence, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola MP, discussed growing bilateral defence relationship and regional security interests.

The program included a meeting with Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto, and a tour of Fiji’s Blackrock peacekeeping training facility.

“Fiji is an important partner to Australia in the South Pacific and we have a long history of defence cooperation focused on maritime security, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and peacekeeping,” Minister Payne said.

Minister Payne and Minister Kubuabola agreed to strengthen the Australia-Fiji defence relationship by establishing formal annual Australia-Fiji Defence Ministers’ meetings.

“I am pleased we are establishing a new Defence Ministerial Meeting between Australia and Fiji, as this further demonstrates our enduring commitment to deepening our defence relationship”, Minister Payne said.

Minister Payne also offered a package of support for Fiji’s Blackrock training facility, worth approximately $2 million, which Minister Kubuabola accepted. This package will further enhance our defence cooperation in the area of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief and peacekeeping.

“Supporting the Republic of Fiji Military Forces to construct a humanitarian supplies warehouse at its Blackrock training facility will enhance Fiji’s ability to respond to natural disasters and other humanitarian crises in Fiji and the region,” Minister Payne said.

“I was pleased to also offer the establishment of an Australian Defence Force (ADF) instructor position at the base to enhance the Republic of Fiji Military Forces’ peacekeeping capability.

“Australia appreciates the force protection role of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, for United Nations peacekeepers, including ADF personnel in the Golan Heights and Syria.”

Australian Defence Companies Win Global Contracts 

Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne MP, has congratulated two Australian companies for winning work on the Type 26 Global Combat Ship being built by BAE Systems in the United Kingdom.These contracts were won under the Defence Global Supply Chain (GSC) program which is managed by the Centre for Defence Industry Capability.

Facebook and eSafety Office partner to protect Australians online

The eSafety Office of Australia is taking part in a global pilot with Facebook to prevent intimate images of Australians being shared on online, according to the Australian Office of the eSafety Commissioner.

Australia is one of four countries participating in a limited global pilot with Facebook that will help prevent intimate images of Australians being posted and shared across Facebook, Messenger, Facebook Groups and Instagram.

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