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Three traditional medicine products contain scheduled poisons - Moh

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 28 (Bernama) - Senior director of Pharmaceutical Services, Ministry of Health (MOH), Datuk Eisah A Rahman has advised the public not to buy and use three traditional medicine products containing the scheduled poisons sildenafil and dexamethasone.

The National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau had received information from the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) that the three products are Li Long Mei Guo Mo Bang (sildenafil), Africa Black Ant (sildenafil) and Ginseng Tu Chong Wan Lin Heong (dexamethasone).

Eisah said in a statement here today, checks found that all the three products are not registered with the Drug Control Authority.

"The use of sildenafil and dexamethasone is not allowed in traditional medicine," she added.

Sildenafil is a drug used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction and can only be supplied by a doctor or obtained from pharmacies with a doctor's prescription.

Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid medicine controlled under the Poisons Act 1952 and is a potent anti-inflammatory drug often used in the treatment of allergy and can only be provided by a doctor or pharmacist with a doctor's prescription as it must be taken with the corect dose according to the condition of the patient.

Eisah said the use of sildenafil without doctor supervision can result in serious and adverse effects such as reduction or loss of vision and hearing, sudden drop in blood pressure, stroke and heart attack.

Prolonged use of dexamethasone without supervision of health professionals can result in serious side effects such as stomach ulcer, muscle weakness, osteoporosis, increased level of blood sugar, increased blood pressure, glaucoma and crushing syndrome.

"Anyone who is in possession of these products are advised to stop selling, distributing or using them immediately."

She reminded traders that the sale of the products is against the Sale of Drugs Act 1952 and the Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations 1984.

Offenders face fine not more RM25,000 or jail not more three years or both for the first offence and fine not more RM50,000 or jail not more five years or both for the subsequent offence.

Companies which commit the offence face fine not more RM50,000 for the first offence and fine not more RM100,000 for the subsequent offence.

Eisah advised those who used Li Long Mei Guo Mo Bang and Africa Black Ant to stop while those who used Ginseng Tu Chong Wan Lin Heong to immediately seek advice and treatment from health professionals.

Public with information on the unregistered products are advised to contact the Pharmaceutical Services Division at 03-78413200 or any Pharmacy Enforcement Branch or e-mail to [email protected].

They can also check the registration status of products by contacting the Pharmacy Services Division at 03-7833 5400 or its website www.bpfk.gov.my website.

 

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