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4 Health Products and 2 Cosmetic Products Found Adulterated

HEALTH AND COSMETIC PRODUCTS FOUND ADULTERATED


The Ministry of Health would like to alert members of the public to Four (4) types of health products and Two (2) types of cosmetic products which have been tested by the Laboratory of Pharmacy Section, Department of Scientific Services, Ministry of Health and found to be adulterated with undeclared, potent western medicine.

           

The affected health products are listed as below:

 

No.Name of productManufacturerAdulterated with
1.

Herba Gout & Sendi Pil

 

D'Sihat Herbs

Chlorpheniramine, Dexamethasone & Betamethasone

 

2.Secret Super Slimming KapsulNanyqish DynastySibutramine
3.Raspberry TW Booster Gold TabletPharma Herb, New Zealand

Tadalafil

 

4.America Superman 2800mg Pills (Yellow Oval Tablet)Not StatedSildenafil

 

Whilst the affected cosmetic products are listed as below:

 

No.Name of productManufacturerAdulterated with
1.Bleaching Skin by Nina – Bleaching LiquidMalaysiaHydroquinone
2.Gizi Cosmetics Super Cream Secret of SeaweedGizi Cosmetics Jakarta, IndonesiaMercury

 

The adulterants found in these products can cause adverse effects that are potentially hazardous to the people using them.

 

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 long-term consumption of potent corticosteroids such as Dexamethasone and Betamethasone can cause increase blood glucose levels leading to diabetes, high blood pressure, cataract, 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.

 

Sibutramine is a body slimming agent that is no longer recommended for its use in obesity treatment because its effects can be detrimental to the heart and the liver. Intake sibutramine can also cause serious adverse effects such as high blood pressure, uncertain heartbeat and difficulty sleeping; and regards the worst cases, it can cause damage to the kidneys and liver.

 

Tadalafil and Sildenafil are drugs 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.

 

Hydroquinone is used in western prescription medicines to treat skin conditions and is prohibited in skincare cosmetic products under the Medicines (Cosmetic Products) Regulations. Unsupervised use of Hydroquinone may cause skin hypersensitivity, skin discoloration resulting in gradual darkening of the affected skin area and an increased risk of skin cancer.

 

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 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 Compliance and Licensing Section if any of these products are still found on the market in this country.

 

For further information and communication, the public may contact the Compliance and Licensing Section at 2393298 extension 208; send an e-mail to pharmacy.enforcement@moh.gov.bn; go directly to 1st Floor, Compliance and Licensing Section, Department of Pharmaceutical Services' Building, Kg. Madaras, Mukim Gadong A; or call the Talian Darussalam 123.

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Reference     : KK/PR/3

Date               : 10 September 2019 / 10 Muharram 1441H


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