Warning on illegal 'tan jabs'

Wed, Sep 19, 2012, 01:00

THE IRISH Medicines Board (IMB) has advised consumers using illegal “tan jabs” bought on the internet to stop doing so.

The body yesterday issued a safety alert in relation to the unauthorised tanning medicine Melanotan (I and II), which it said posed a risk to health.

“This product is not available in pharmacies or authorised distribution channels in Ireland and it is thought that it is being sourced by consumers on the internet,” said the statement. “There is no evidence that it is safe or effective. The IMB has previously warned of the risk of side-effects, ranging from nausea to headaches and other unknown outcomes.

“The IMB is advising any consumers who are currently using this product to cease doing so immediately and to consult with their doctor or pharmacist. This product is not authorised in any country in Europe.”

Melanotan is an unlicensed medicine marketed through the internet in injection form that claims to assist tanning and to have a number of other benefits, including appetite suppression.

“Melanotan is not authorised in Ireland and the safety of its ingredients is not known,” said IMB director of compliance John Lynch. To safely dispose of the product, contact the IMB in confidence on 01-6343436.