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13 types of traditional medicines and health products found adulterated

HEALTH PRODUCTS FOUND ADULTERATED

The Ministry of Health would like to alert members of the public to 13 types of traditional medicines and health products which have been tested by the Laboratory of Pharmacy Section, Scientific Laboratory Services, Laboratory Services, Ministry of Health and found to be adulterated with undeclared, potent western medicine.

               

The affected products are listed as below:

No.Name of productManufacturerAdulterated with
1.

Pure S7D Strong Version

5X Powerful Result ,5X Whitening

100% Natural, No Side Effect

350mg 30 Capsule

Not StatedSibutramine
2.Miss Slim CapsulesNot StatedSibutramine
3.Ginseng Lin-Zi Geje Pil Not statedDexamethasone, Cyproheptadine & Promethazine
4.Huatao Xuelian Fengxi Wan CapsuleChung Hwa Medical (HK) Co. LtdChlorpheniramine & Dexamethasone
5.Renshen Chong Cao Jianbu Zhuangu Bao PilJiade Tang Medical Co Ltd, BeijingChlorpheniramine & Dexamethasone
6.Birdnest – Chong Chau Citrus Tangerina WanMalaysiaChlorpheniramine, Cyproheptadine & Dexamethasone
7.Chong Chau Wang CapsuleAile Jian Medical Factory Hong KongPromethazine
8.Ceng Fui Yen CapsuleWelip (M) Sdn BhdCyproheptadine
9.Cao Gen Bai Lin Wan PillNot StatedDexamethasone
10.Slimfast Detox Diva CapsuleGo Healthy, New ZealandIbuprofen
11.Power V Gold Tongkat + GinsengSetia Edaran, MalaysiaSildenafil
12.Samsu Strong Man CapsuleNot StatedIbuprofen & Acetaminophen
13.Lady Lovely Serum Exclusive For GirlNot StatedIbuprofen


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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 eventually death.

 

Dizziness, lowering of blood pressure, irregular hearbeat, confusion, depression and convulsions are among the adverse effects that could occur from the unsupervised consumption of Chlorpheniramine, Cyproheptadine, and Promethazine are antihistamines used in the treatment of allergies symptoms. If taken without supervision it can cause drowsiness, dizziness, muscle weakness, hypotension, blurred vision, dry mouth, depression, arrhythmias, increase in appetite and weight gain.

 

Unsupervised long-term consumption of potent corticosteroids such as Dexamethasone 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.

 

Ibuprofen is a pain-relief medicines that, if taken without supervision, may result in peptic ulceration, gastrointestinal bleeding, nausea, vomiting, skin rashes, blurred vision, oedema, jaundice and kidney failure and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome which is serious disorder of the skin and mucous membranes

 

Sibutramine is a slimming agent and is no longer recommended for medical use in obesity due to its harmful effects on the heart and liver. Its consumption can also cause serious adverse reactions such as high blood pressure, heart palpitation, insomnia and in worst cases, kidney and liver damage.

 

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.

 

The Ministry of Health has not issued any approval for the importation for the sale of these 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 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 health.regulations@moh.gov.bn or go directly to Health Regulations Services, 1st Floor, Ministry of Health, Commonwealth Drive, Brunei Darussalam.

 

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Reference        : KK/PR/3
Date                : 4 January 2018 / 17 Rabiulakhir 1439

 

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