Rhyce Power has publicly denied he is breaking the law by selling a banned tanning drug called Melanotan on Instagram.
The brother of Married At First Sight star Jessika Power says his business is totally legal because he’s working with a ‘registered doctor’.
Importing, exporting, manufacturing or supplying Melanotan without prescription is illegal in Australia, and those who break the rules could face heavy fines and criminal prosecution.
Defending his business: Married At First Sight’s Rhyce Power, 29, has insisted he’s not breaking the law by selling banned tanning drug Melanotan on Instagram
‘Everyone enquiring about the Melanotan. Nothing has been imported, as that’s obviously illegal,’ the 29-year-old wrote on Instagram Stories on Tuesday.
‘As I have stated, I have a friend who has some. That friend being a doctor 🙂 it’s from a registered doctor who is lawfully obliged to prescribe it given he thinks you need it,’ the OnlyFans star continued.
Rhyce failed to reveal the name of the doctor.
‘It’s from a registered doctor’: Posting to Instagram Stories on Tuesday, the brother of Jessika Power insisted that his business is totally legal because he’s working with a ‘registered doctor’
Secret source: Rhyce failed to reveal the name of the anonymous doctor
‘Just opening eyes to people who weren’t aware you could be prescribed this from a doctor,’ he added, alongside an angel-face emoji and a sunglasses-face emoji.
Melanotan – also known as the ‘Barbie drug’ – is a synthetic tanning drug that, when injected, increases the production of melanin in the body, causing the pigments in a person’s skin to darken.
Rhyce first revealed he was selling Melanotan in January when he wrote on Instagram: ‘Over 150 Melanotan vials getting sent off today. I have only 50 left that won’t last the day in box.’
‘Over 150 Melanotan vials getting sent off today’: Rhyce first revealed he was selling Melanotan in January by uploading this post to Instagram Stories
He also posted a photo of several small medical vials on a glass table next to a piece of paper with a list of names and numbers.
The reality star later denied taking the photo, but the image did feature a man’s leg with a distinctive red tattoo identical to one Rhyce has.
When approached for comment by Daily Mail Australia at the time, Rhyce denied personally selling or importing the vials.
Coincidence? Rhyce later denied he took the photo, the image also shows a leg with a red tattoo (left) identical to an inking he has on his own leg. Pictured right: An Instagram video uploaded by Rhyce showing his leg as he exercised on Tuesday morning
Instead, he described himself as a ‘middle man’ promoting products for an unnamed company located in the USA.
‘Anyone who enquires from the post I’ve put up has to have a prescription to purchase and simply purchases from the company and they take the sales over from there I guess,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
The heavily-tattooed influencer likened his arrangement with the USA-based company to ‘promoting Chemist Warehouse’, and insisted he doesn’t have ‘anything to do with logistics, import or sales’.
‘Middle man’: When approached for comment, Rhyce denied that he personally sells, imports or posts the vials out to customers, and instead described himself as a ‘middle man’ promoting products for an unnamed company located in the USA
Deal: Rhyce also said that he doesn’t get paid to spruik Melanotan, and instead receives payment in the form of ‘skin care products such as cleansers and moisturisers’
Rhyce also claimed that he didn’t take the photo, and isn’t in possession of the vials pictured on the table – despite having the same tattoo as the person in the photo.
‘I did not take the photo,’ he alleged.
‘If there is a leg in the photo I’d assume it’s the leg of the person who took the photo and I’d assume it would be of a person in the US, as that’s where the company is based and the products/vials are,’ he said.
Rise to fame: Rhyce found fame as ‘Jessika Power’s (left) hot brother’ after his brief appearance on Married At First Sight in 2019
Rhyce also said that he doesn’t get paid to spruik Melanotan, and instead receives payment in the form of ‘skin care products such as cleansers and moisturisers’.
Many health experts have warned against use of Melanotan as it can have serious side effects include vomiting, loss of appetite, flushing of the face, involuntary stretching and yawning, and spontaneous erections.
Speaking to the Herald Sun, Australasian Society of Cosmetic Dermatologists president Associate Professor Dr Greg Goodman warned that the biggest risk Melanotan poses ‘is that it’s harder to detect melanoma.’
‘Please don’t touch them’: Last year, Married At First Sight bride Natasha Spencer (pictured) spoke out against Melanotan, urging fans to consider the health consequences and possible side effects
‘It’s completely bizarre that someone would inject themselves with a drug they have bought on the internet that will stay in your system for at least six weeks,’ he added.
Married At First Sight’s Natasha Spencer spoke out against Melanotan last year, urging fans to consider the health consequences and possible side effects.
‘I did Melanotan injections… I didn’t know the side effects and I wish I did,’ Natasha told 9Now.
‘I cannot tell you how bad they are. Please don’t touch them, please don’t use them. They are illegal, and it was something that I should never have done,’ she lamented.
The Instagram model went on to explain: ‘Basically, it increases your natural sensibility to the sun, it’s not good. I now currently have a patch of completely dead skin from where I used to inject it.’
Regret: ‘I did Melanotan injections… I didn’t know the side effects and I wish I did,’ Natasha lamented