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Australia: Amazon Tonic III: does not treat cancer and contains potentially dangerous ingredients including oleandrin
 
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) strongly advises consumers and patients not to buy or take Amazon Tonic III to treat cancer. The label and information on related internet sites suggests that Amazon Tonic III can kill cancer cells, implying treatment of cancer. There is no evidence that it can treat cancer, and it contains potentially dangerous ingredients.

The TGA has identified through scientific analysis that Amazon Tonic III contains amongst other ingredients, oleandrin, which can cause fatigue, gastrointestinal effects and cardiovascular effects. Amazon Tonic III presents a serious risk to public health based on the presence of oleandrin, and also because it claims to treat cancer.

Amazon Tonic III is not included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG), and the TGA is not aware of any credible, scientific evidence which shows that Amazon Tonic III is effective in treating cancer.

The TGA recommends patient to consult a medical professional to get advice about treating serious conditions and diseases, including cancer. Consumers are advised to stop taking Amazon Tonic III, and dispose of any remaining liquid.

Please refer to the following website in TGA for details: http://www.tga.gov.au/alert/amazon-tonic-iii-does-not-treat-cancer-and-contains-potentially-dangerous-ingredients

In Hong Kong, the above product is not a registered pharmaceutical product.


Ends/ Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Issued at HKT 14:00
 
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