PETALING JAYA: The raid on a gynaecologist's office in Bukit Damansara on Tuesday (Oct 2) – which has since gone viral on social media – was done following public tip-off alleging it had healthcare products not registered with the Health Ministry.
The premises was also never licensed under the Health Ministry's Private Medical Practice Control Section (CKAPS) since its inception and was slapped with a warning letter back in 2016, revealed Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya Federal Territories Health Department director Dr Param Jeeth Singh Pakar Singh.
The department via its Pharmaceutical Enforcement Division had conducted a check on DHA Healthcare Enterprise in Bukit Damansara on Oct 2 following the procedures and standards set by the Health Ministry, said Dr Param Jeeth.
"When the checks were going on, early investigations found that said premises indeed owned and sold target products based on test buy with receipt.
"Although the products were no longer at the premises when the check was conducted, brochures of the unregistered products were found.
"The checks were conducted in a calm manner and there was no chaos or harshness as claimed on social media," he said in a statement on Thursday (Oct 3).
Earlier, gynaecologist Dr Hamid Arshat posted about the raid on his office on Facebook, saying that the officers came with neither notice nor clear motives and that he was taken aback by their harsh mannerism.
Dr Hamid, who has been a doctor for about 50 years, also lamented why the authorities did not inform him beforehand of the raid, saying that he was treating patients at the Taman Desa Medical Centre when it happened.
He also claimed that the officers did not find evidence of wrongdoing and left the office in mess.
On the licence, Dr Param Jeeth said that although there were many discussions and efforts by CKAPS to make it easy for the office to be licensed, the owner still could not fulfil the recommendations given for it to be registered as a private health facility.
"For that reason, on Feb 26,2016, CKAPS issued a warning letter for the premise to stop operating health services," he said.
Owning or selling health products not registered with the Health Ministry is an offence that falls under Regulation 7(1)(a) of the Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations 1984, punishable under Section 12(1) of Sale of Drugs Act 1952 which carries a fine of up to RM50,000 for the first offence and a maximum fine of RM100,000 for subsequent offences.
Dr Param Jeeth also advised the public to check the authenticity of any health products' registration number by logging on to www.npra.moh.gov.my or calling the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) at 03-7883 5400.
The public can also lodge a complaint via www.pharmacy.gov.my, moh.spab.gov.my or at any Pharmacy Enforcement Divisions or by calling 03-7841 3200.