The website's list of ingredients did not show the prescription substances. Photo: Louie Douvis
Vitamin pills targeting women with low libido have been found to illegally contain prescription-only substances, Australia's drug regulator warns.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will work with Australian Customs and Border Protection Services to stop future shipments of the supplements entering the country after it found Australians were buying them online.
The TGA found Libigirl capsules contained the prescription-only substance sildenafil, the active ingredient in male erectile dysfunction product Viagra.
They also contain tadalafil, a prescription-only medicine and the active ingredient in a similar product, Cialis.
The capsules' labels, which promise to induce female orgasm, claim the product contains only natural ingredients.
A website spruiking the pills claimed Libigirl was "an all-natural supplement" for women of all ages with ingredients found in a multivitamin "but with a few extra key ingredients that promote positive mood, give you bountiful energy, and even assists with arousal in most women," the website said.
The website's list of ingredients did not show the prescription substances.
The TGA said the pills posed a serious risk to health.Consumers who may have purchased the pills are being urged to stop taking them and take the products to a chemist for safe disposal.
The TGA said the pills had not been tested in Australia for quality, safety or efficacy and the place of manufacture was also not approved.
Any capsules found by Customs in future will be seized and destroyed.
The TGA is urging consumers to exercise extreme caution when buying medicines from unknown internet sites because these products could contain undisclosed and potentially harmful ingredients and may not meet Australian safety standards.