Red flag raised on three health products

THE Ministry of Health (MoH) has alerted members of the public to three health products tested by the Pharmacy Section, Department of Scientific Services, Ministry of Health and found to be adulterated with undeclared, potent Western medicines.

The affected products are Madam Kate Detox Capsule adulterated with Sibutramine, its manufacturer is unknown; Lorenxo Delicious Pure Chocolate Tablet 1000mg adulterated with Tadalafil, its manufacturer is Lorenzo Health Nz, New Zealand; and Vigra Pills 6800mg adulterated with Sildenafil, its manufacturer is American Couple Biotechnology Co Ltd, USA.

The adulterants found in these products can cause adverse effects potentially hazardous to the users.

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 liver.

Sibutramine intake can also cause serious adverse effects such as high blood pressure, increased heart rate, and in the worst case, can cause damage to the kidneys and liver.

Tadalafil and Sildenafilare drugs used to treat male impotency can only be prescribed by a qualified doctor or physician. Among their side effects are nausea, vomiting, flushing and dizziness. In severe cases, they can also result in abnormal increase in heart rate, sudden loss of hearing and seizures.

PHOTOS: MOH

The MoH 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 should 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 reminded that it is an offence under the Poisons Act 1956 to sell any product containing any substance controlled under the said Act. 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 called for public cooperation in reporting to the Compliance and Licensing Section should these products still be found here.

Contact the Compliance and Licensing Section at 2393298 (ext 208), e-mail pharmacy.enforcement@moh.gov.bn, visit 1st Floor, Compliance and Licensing Section, Department of Pharmaceutical Services’ Building at Kampong Madaras, Mukim Gadong ‘A’; or call Darussalam line at 123 for further information.