A tanning product is potentially dangerous according to the experts at the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
The sunless tanning treatment marketed as Ubertan, is being advertised illegally and sold in gyms, beauty salons as well as online, and is used in the form of a nasal spray.
Tests carried out by the MHRA on a sample of Ubertan have revealed it contained melanotan II, an unlicensed medicine with no evidence of safety, quality or that it works and with unknown side effects.
Another version of Ubertan currently being investigated claims to contain an extract from the Indian plant “coleus forskohlii”. There are no licensed or registered medicines that contain melanotan or this herbal extract.
The MHRA has written to a number of retailers and websites instructing them to stop marketing the product and to cancel all advertising and promotions including on the internet as well as social websites.
Speaking today, Liam Moloney, personal injury Solicitor, Naas said, “Putting your health on the line just in order to get a tan is not really worth the risk. None of these products have been clinically tested and as a result there is no way of knowing just how serious the side effects could be on the impact of your health. If you have sustained any side effects or adverse reactions to Ubertan then you should immediately attend with your GP for treatment.”