Government orders recall of 346 health products


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 01 May 2003

BY SUSAN TAM

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry has ordered the recall of 346 health products and supplements with immediate effect following the licence suspension of Australia’s largest contract manufacturer of such products – Pan Pharmaceuticals Ltd. 

Director-General Tan Sri Dr Mohamad Taha Arif said the public have been advised not to consume the products until the recall order is revoked (List of recalled products). 

“Although the authorities have carried out the order, there have not been any reports of adverse effects related to those products,” he said in a statement yesterday. 

BACK INTO THE BOX: Pharmacist Bharati Chand packing away products manufactured by Australia's Pan Pharmaceuticals at her pharmacy in Bayan Baru in Penang Wednesday.

Pan Pharmaceuticals' licence was suspended by the Australian government for six months due to a series of safety and quality breaches. 

Dr Mohamad Taha, who is also the Drug Control Authority chairman, said all registered owners, distributors, importers, retailers and direct-selling companies had been asked to conduct stock checks and immediately stop selling the listed products. 

He said that to ensure the safety of consumers the authority would also suspend registration of the products manufactured by the Australian company. 

“We advise those distributors to withdraw their registration applications if they are at Stage 1 of the registration process. For those applications at Stages 2 and 3, the authority will immediately reject them,” he said. 

He said distributors should co-operate to ensure that the products, which include herbal supplements, vitamins and minerals, are not sold in the local market. 

He said the products had been exported directly by Pan Pharmaceuticals as well as through distributors, which repackage them under different brand names, adding that Pan Pharmaceuticals exports about 1,650 types of products. 

For further information, refer to Drug Control Authority website at www.bpfk.gov.my or contact the National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau at tel: 03-7957-3611.  

The public can also obtain more information from Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration’s website at http://www.health.gov.au/tga/recalls/pan.htm .  

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