PETALING JAYA: The black market for medical products in the country is growing because more Malaysian men are turning to illegal sex stimulants, said a Health Ministry official.
The Health Ministry’s Pharmaceutical Services Division director, Datuk Mohd Zin Che Awang, said some RM9mil of the RM14.98mil worth of unregistered drugs seized by the division between January and February were sex stimulants.
“There is an increasing demand from Malaysian men seeking to boost their sex drive and the illegal industry takes this opportunity to manufacture these drugs to fulfil the demand,” he said yesterday after giving a briefing on the growing threat of unregistered drugs in the country.
He said most of the drugs seized lately contained Tadalafil and Sildenafil, both chemicals widely used to treat impotence.
The illegal sex stimulant industry was not only thriving on local demand but from those abroad, he said.
“We have received complaints from as far as Bahrain about Tongkat Ali Plus, which is exported from Malaysia.”
The product is believed to have tested positive for Sildenafil, a scheduled poison.
The Drug Control Authority would like to advise the public against using Shitek Tongkat Ali 400mg and Longeria Capsules as they could endanger health, said Mohd Zin. – Bernama