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Tuesday March 30, 2010

DCA: ‘Po Chai’ pills in M’sia safe

PETALING JAYA: “Po Chai” pills sold in Malaysia are safe for consumption, according to the Health Ministry’s Drug Control Autho­rity (DCA).

On Thursday, the Singapore Health Sciences Authority detected banned chemicals in the capsule form of the medication and recalled the particular batch.

Following this, manufacturer Li Chung Shing (Holdings) Ltd recalled two products named “Po Chai Pills Capsule Form” and “Po Chai Pills Bottle Form.”

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican, who is also the DCA chairman, said only “Poh Chai Pill” was registered in Malaysia, and that “Poh Chai Pills Capsule Form” was not registered here.

He added in a statement yesterday that test samples on several batches of “Poh Chai Pill” found locally were free from prohibited substances.

“Po Chai” pills are used traditionally for the relief of fever, cold, minor diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach ache.

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