Liow: Don’t consume two Chinese medicines

  • Nation
  • Friday, 01 Jul 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: Consumers are urged to stop consuming two traditional Chinese medicines found to contain undeclared drugs.

The Singapore Health Sciences Authority found dexamethasone and chlorpheniramine in Ren Sem Tu Chon Chin Kuo Pill, which was supposed to treat back and joint pains, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

Ren Sem Tu Chon Chin Kuo Pill was not registered with the Pharmaceutical Control Bureau, he added.

“Its registration number and the hologram are fakes. The bureau has never registered such a product,” he said, adding that action to stop its sale is ongoing.

He said the ministry would have to find the manufacturer before action could be taken.

The other product, Huo Li Bao, touted to treat joint pain, was found to contain piroxicam, chlorpheniramine, frusemide and caffeine. This was also found out by the Singapore Health Sciences Authority.

“The substances found in the products are contraband drugs,” Liow said after opening the Wangsa Maju MCA division operations centre for the 13th general election.

The minister said Huo Li Bao was registered with the bureau on June 25, 2009.

“During the registration, tests did not show that it contained such substances,” he said.

The ministry could haul up the relevant parties if tests showed the products contain prohibited substances.

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