HEALTH PRODUCTS AND COSMETIC PRODUCT
The Ministry of Health would like to alert members of the public to two types of traditional medicines and health products and one cosmetic product which have been tested by the laboratory of Pharmacy Laboratory Services, Laboratory Services, Ministry of Health and found to be adulterated with undeclared, potent western medicine.
The two affected health products are listed as below:
|No.||Name of product||Manufacturer||Adulterated with|
|1.||Galian Sehat Kapsul|
PJ Galian Sehat,
|Acetaminophen, Chlorpheniramin, Phenylbutazone, Dexamethasone, Betamethasone|
Men's King 6800mg Tablet
|Hong Kong Golden Dragon Biotechnology Co Ltd, Hongkong||Sildenafil|
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Whilst the affected cosmetic product is as listed below:
|No.||Name of product||Manufacturer||Adulterated with|
|1.||Lyanaz Product Queens Blink Kesan Seawal 1 Hari – Day Cream||Not Stated||Mercury|
The adulterant found in this product can cause adverse effects that are potentially hazardous to the people using them.
Acetaminophen or Paracetamol can be taken for self-medication but when traditional medicine does not declare its Acetaminophen or Paracetamol content, unaware person may take excessive Acetaminophen or Paracetamol which may lead to liver damage, kidney failure, coma and possible death.
Dizziness, lowering of blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, confusion, depression and convulsions are among the adverse effects that could occur from the unsupervised consumption of Chlorpheniramine.
Unsupervised consumption of Phenylbutazone may result in peptic ulceration, gastrointestinal bleeding, nausea, vomiting, skin rashes, blurred vision, oedema, jaundice and kidney failure. Phenylbutazone is often associated with severe side-effects such as serious blood disorders.
Unsupervised long-term consumption of potent corticosteroids such as Dexamethasone and Betamethasone can cause increase blood glucose levels leading to diabetes, high blood pressure, cataracts, muscular and bone disorders, and an increased risk of infections. Long term use of corticosteroids can also lead to Cushing's syndrome which is characterized by a round face or 'moon face', and upper body obesity with thin limbs. Consumers who have taken high doses of steroids over a prolonged period of time may suffer from withdrawal symptoms which include fatigue, muscle and joint pain, fever, low blood sugar, low blood pressure and dehydration.
Sildenafil is a drug used to treat male impotency and can only be prescribed by a qualified doctor or physician. Among their side effects include nausea, vomiting, flushing and dizziness. In severe cases, they can also result in abnormal increase in heart rate, sudden loss of hearing and seizures.
Mercury is a potent ingredient that is prohibited in cosmetic products as stipulated in the Medicines (Cosmetic Products) Regulations 2007.
Mercury is prohibited in cosmetic products due to its hazardous effects on human health. It is readily absorbed through the skin on topical application and tends to accumulate in the body. Exposure to mercury can cause skin rashes, memory loss and muscle weakness while high exposures may result in damage to the brain and kidneys. It is also extremely toxic to unborn children.
The Ministry of Health has not issued any approval for the importation for the sale of these products and/or Cosmetic Notification Acknowledgement Letter for the sale of the rest of affected products. Following these findings, the products are not allowed to be imported and sold in Brunei Darussalam.
Members of the public who have purchased or used these products are advised to stop using them immediately. They should also consult a medical practitioner if they feel unwell or experience any undesirable reactions as a result of using them.
Members of the public involved in the retail of these products (including online retail such as through Facebook, etc.) are hereby reminded that it is an offence under the Poisons Act 1956 to sell any product containing any substance controlled under the said Act and the penalty for such an offence upon conviction, is a fine of $8,000 or six months' imprisonment. Furthermore, if a person commits an Act that amounts to such a degree of negligence so as to endanger or be likely to endanger human life, then such person shall be guilty of an offence which carries a penalty of a fine of $16,000 and 12 months' imprisonment.
The public are also reminded that it is an offence under the Medicines (Cosmetic Products) Regulations, 2007 to import and market cosmetic products in the local market without a Cosmetic Product Notification Acknowledgement Letter issued by the Authority, where the penalty for contravening these regulations upon conviction, is a fine not exceeding $5,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or both.
The Ministry of Health would also like to call upon the public for their cooperation to report to the Health Regulations Services if any of these products are still found on the market in this country.
For further information and communication, the public may contact the Health Regulations Services at 2384182, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or go directly to Health Regulations Services, 1st Floor, Ministry of Health, Commonwealth Drive, Brunei Darussalam. The public may also contact Talian Darussalam 123 for any other enquiries.
Reference : KK/PR/3
Date : 1 August 2017 / 8 Zulkaedah 1438