Health Ministry to probe pill-popping schools


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 29 Aug 2013

PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry is to investigate claims that schools in several states are encouraging their pupils to take “get smart” pills that are supposed to help them perform well in the coming UPSR.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah advised the public to avoid taking products with dubious claims and ensure such supplements had been approved by the Drug Control Authority.

“Products must be registered prior to marketing to ensure their quality, safety and efficacy based on data submitted to substantiate the claims made,” he said yesterday.

Dr Noor Hisham also urged the public to be wary of fake or adulterated medication which can be dangerous to health.

For more information, he said the public can contact the National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau at 03-7883 5400.

They can also download a Consumer Medication Information Leaflet on prescription and non-prescription medicines registered in Malaysia at portal.bpfk.gov.my/index.cfm.

Malaysian Medical Association president Datuk Dr N.K.S. Tharma­seelan said the claims that “Dimensi 108” pills could make children respect and listen to parents and improve their mental capacity were “far-fetched”.

“We doubt any drug can produce all these results.

“There is no wonder drug or pill in the world that can produce all these effects. If there were such a pill, it would be a worldwide sensation,” he said.

Dr Tharmaseelan said that medication could not change a disobedient child nor assist him or her to be rational.

“Parents should spend more time with their children to mould these characteristics rather than have them popping pills. It is love and developing a bond with your children that help and there is no wonder drug that can do this,” he said.

He said the claims of improved behaviour and mental capacity must be verified by the ministry, which had not been done.

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