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March 22, 2007

Fake sex pills seized

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Star: KUALA LUMPUR: A whopping RM14mil worth of counterfeit sex stimulant pills closely resembling Viagra were seized in Penang on March 13.
It was the biggest seizure of a single drug in Malaysian history.
The Health Ministry’s pharmacy enforcement team, together with Customs officers who conducted the bust, sensed something was amiss when the “little blue pills” were labelled as vitamins.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said the container from Singapore had 142 boxes of pills called “Miagra,” which were discovered to contain Sildenafil – the active ingredient in Viagra.
“The RM14mil pills were labelled as vitamins but upon closer inspection the drugs were found to be unregistered and illegally brought in.
“It is believed that the pills were for the Malaysian market while some of them could have been for Thailand.
“We are still conducting investigations to identify the company responsible for this,” said Dr Chua, adding that details of the investigations could not yet be revealed.
Chua said that if found guilty, the culprit could face a fine of RM50,000 or be sentenced to three years’ jail, or both, under the Drug Sales Act 1952.
Speaking to the press after officiating the Health Ministry Media Awards Night here yesterday, Dr Chua cautioned all men not to use such illegal and unregistered drugs as they could be dangerous.

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