The Ministry of Health alerted members of the public to two 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 Apple Detox Capsule, adulterated with Bisacodyl; and Green Viagra 9000mg Tablet, manufactured by Hongkong Zhengyang Biological Technology Ltd and adulterated with Sildenafil.
The adulterants found in these products can cause adverse effects that are potentially hazardous to the people using them.
Bisacodyl is used for treating constipation. Unsupervised consumption can cause cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and hypokalaemia (low potassium levels).
Sildenafil is used to treat male impotency and can only be prescribed by a qualified doctor or physician.
Among the 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 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) are reminded that it is an offence under the Poisons Act 1956 to sell any product containing any substance controlled under the Act. The penalty for the 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 Ministry of Health also called upon the public for their cooperation to report to the Compliance and Licensing Section if any of these products are still found in the market in this country.
For more information, the public can contact the Compliance and Licensing Section at 2393298 extension 208; e-mail at [email protected]; visit First Floor, Compliance and Licensing Section, Department of Pharmaceutical Services’ Building, Kampong Madaras, Mukim Gadong ‘A’; or call the Darussalam hotline 123.