Health Ministry issues warning against two Chinese herbal products


  • Nation Premium
  • Friday, 15 Apr 2016

PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry has issued a warning against the use of unregistered Chinese traditional medicine Dong Mai Tan and Seven Leave Ginsengs following several complaints of liver failure and “moon-shaped” facial appearance. 

Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) has advised consumers to immediately stop using the products.

He also urged stockists to immediately cease the sale and distribution of the products, saying that those who failed to adhere to the order were committing an offence under the Sale of Drug Act 1952 and the Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations 1984.

Individual offenders could be fined not more than RM25,000 or jailed not more than three years or both for the first offence and fined not more than RM50,000 or jailed not more than five years or both for subsequent offences while companies were liable up to double the fines.

Dr Hisham said the National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau (BPFK) received four reports on adverse reaction complaints against the Dong Mai Tan products and eight reports against the Seven Leave Ginsengs.

He explained that among the effects were liver failure and symptoms of Cushing’s Syndrome which is characterised by a “moon-shaped” face, an increase in weight and enlarged abdomen.

“Checks have shown that both products were not registered with the Drug Control Authority (DCA), which is a requirement,” he said in a statement Friday.

Article type: metered
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights
   

Next In Nation

Cops to step up Covid-19 SOP checks throughout CNY Premium
Issue clear guidelines for teachers’ involvement in politics, urges Cuepacs Premium
Covid-19: Daily cases dip below 4,000 mark with 3,856 reported Sunday (Jan 23) Premium
Covid-19: Pandemic management committee to discuss Chingay fest SOP, says Dr Wee Premium
119,626 household heads eligible to receive BWI, says Nadma Premium
No necessity, reason to dissolve Perak state assembly, says MB Premium
Johor polls: Parti Bangsa Malaysia mulls fielding candidates Premium
Johor polls: State Barisan prepared to fly solo Premium
Dr M still undergoing treatment at IJN, says Marina Premium
PM expresses appreciation to flood relief personnel Premium

Others Also Read


Vouchers