HEALTH PRODUCTS FOUND ADULTERATED
The Ministry of Health would like to alert members of the public to three (3) types of health products which have been tested by the Pharmacy Section, Department of Scientific Services, Ministry of Health and found to be adulterated with undeclared, potent western medicines.
The affected health products are listed as below:
|No.||Name of product||Manufacturer||Adulterated with|
|1.||Skinny Lolita Vegetable Tablets||Not Stated||Sibutramine, Phenolphthalein, Sildenafil|
|2.||Blackcurrant TW Booster Tablet||Pharma Herb, New Zealand|
|3.||King Man Vigour Man||Not Stated||Sildenafil|
The adulterants found in these products can cause adverse effects that are potentially hazardous to the people using them.
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.
Prolonged consumption or overdose of Phenolphthalein can result in diarrhoea with excessive loss of water and electrolytes, and there is also the possibility of developing an atonic non-functioning colon. Cardiac and respiratory distress, renal damage and hypersensitivity reactions have also been reported with the use of this drug.
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.
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 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 email@example.com; 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 : 8 Oktober 2019 / 9 Safar 1441H