Health product found adulterated

|     Danial Norjidi     |

THE Ministry of Health (MoH) alerted members of the public to a type of product which has been tested by the Pharmacy Section, Department of Scientific Services, MoH and found to be adulterated with undeclared, potent western medicine.

According to a press release, the affected health product is ‘Titan Capsules’, manufactured by Laboratory EMANI, Russia and was found to be adulterated with Tadalafil. The adulterant found in this product can cause adverse effects that are potentially hazardous to the people using them.

“Tadalafil is a drug used to treat male impotency and can only be prescribed by a qualified doctor or physician,” explains the press release. “Among its side effects include nausea, vomiting, flushing and dizziness. In severe cases, it can also result in abnormal increase in heart rate, sudden loss of hearing and seizures.”

The MoH has not issued any approval for the importation for the sale of this product. Following this finding, the product is not allowed to be imported and sold in Brunei Darussalam.

“Members of the public who have purchased or used this product are advised to stop using it immediately,” the press release said.

The affected health product ‘Titan Capsules’. – MOH

“They should also consult a medical practitioner if they feel unwell or experience any undesirable reactions as a result of using the product”.

“Members of the public involved in the retail of this product (including online retail such as through Facebook, etc) are 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 BND8,000 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 BND16,000 and 12 months’ imprisonment.”.

The MoH would also like to call upon the public for their cooperation to report to the Compliance and Licensing Section if this product is still found in this country.

For further information, the public may contact the Compliance and Licensing Section at 2393298 extension 208; [email protected]; or go directly to 1st Floor, Compliance and Licensing Section, Department of Pharmaceutical Services’ Building, Kampong Madaras, Mukim Gadong A; or call the Darussalam Line 123.