The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), in conjunction with state health authorities, is investigating a report of the presence of dangerous levels of lead and other heavy metals in the Ayurvedic medicine Manasmithra Vatika (Manasamitram Pills).
Ayurvedic medicines are a type of complementary medicine (sometimes known as ‘traditional medicine’) originating from India.
The TGA is aware that Manasmithra Vatika was supplied to practitioners and patients in NSW and Victoria, but there may have been further product distribution to other states.
If high levels of lead are present in these products, taking them could result in lead poisoning. Lead poisoning is a serious condition that can cause long-term health effects up to and including organ damage and death. Pregnant women and children are at a greater level of risk of lead poisoning.