Victoria

Viagra and diet pills are popular illegal drug imports

Viagra and diet pills are among the most popular drugs bought illegally by Australians, judging by a recent customs crackdown. Fifty-one packages containing unauthorised medicine were seized from the Sydney and Melbourne international mail centres over seven days this month, according to the Australian Customs Service.

Altogether, thousands of pills, capsules or doses of counterfeit or illegal medications were confiscated, and a large proportion were medications for erectile dysfunction or weight loss.

Therapeutic Goods Administration manager John Skerritt warned that substances bought online could range from ineffective to harmful. ''The TGA advises consumers to exercise extreme caution when purchasing medicines over the internet.''

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