Warning over 'Barbie' drug

The injectable agent can cause dangerous adverse events, the regulator says

The TGA is urging people keen on tanning to steer clear of a so-called image-enhancing substance dubbed the ‘Barbie’ drug.

Woman tanned with melanotan
Model Martina Big pumps up her breasts. She says she uses Melanotan as she wants to be 'crispy brown'. Photo: Getty

The watchdog is warning that the unlicensed agents Melanotan-I and Melanotan-II — sold online for as little as $80 a vial