Pills stripped from Aussie shelves over fears of 'toxic effects'

Glute Master’s Maxx series has been removed from Australian shelves. Find out why.

A range of gym supplements has been pulled off shelves over fears the pills could result in “toxic effects".

It’s been revealed Glute Master’s Maxx series has been on the market, despite never having been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

Among the TGA’s serious safety concerns is the company’s product, Glow Maxx, which contains 40 times the recommended daily dose of vitamin D.

“Glow Maxx is noted on the label to contain 1000 micrograms of vitamin D per capsule (per day),” the TGA said on its website.

Glow Maxx by Glute Master.
Glow Maxx is just one of the Glute Master products being recalled after it was revealed it contained 40 times the recommended dose of vitamin D and could have 'toxic effects.' Source: TGA

Medicines in Australia require a prescription if they contain more than 25 micrograms of vitamin D per recommended daily dose.

“This means a medical professional has assessed the patient before deciding what is safe for them to use,” the TGA explained. “1000 micrograms per day is 40 times this amount and, after prolonged use, could result in toxic effects such as vomiting and diarrhoea.”

Products’ safety is ‘unknown’

Any products that make therapeutic claims, and contain ingredients like vitamin D and caffeine, must be included on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).

The TGA claims Glute Master’s Maxx series had never been entered on the ARTG.

“Glute Master Pty Ltd’s - Maxx products have not been assessed as required, so their safety and efficiency are unknown,” the TGA said.

A woman picking up a product at a chemist.
Anyone who bought a Glute Master Maxx product is being urged to dispose of it safely. Source: Getty

All batches of the following products are being recalled: Shred Maxx, Shed Maxx Male, Shred Maxx Super Strength, Glow Max, Cli Maxx, X Maxx and GMax.

Any customers who purchased the products are being told to “not use the medicine".

“Safely dispose of any remaining capsules and contact your GP or healthcare professional if you have concerns,” the TGA said in its statement.

For more information about the products, people can contact while any problems with medicines or vaccines should be reported to the TGA.

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