Materia Medica Malaysiana

September 11, 2007

Keeping tabs on medical products

Filed under: Uncategorized — malaysianmedicine @ 10:03 am

NST: SOME pharmaceutical companies have been putting banned ingredients in their products after these were registered with the Health Ministry.
Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad said as a result the ministry would continue to check medical products even after they were certified safe for use.
“Such medication will not show any immediate side-effects, although it is dangerous to the liver and kidneys,” he said in reply to a question by Datuk Dr Mohamad Shahrum Osman (BN-Lipis) yesterday.
Earlier, replying to Tan Sri Hew See Tong (BN-Kampar), he said pharmaceutical companies were required to label their products on the efficacy and possible complications that could arise from overuse or unmonitored use.
He said last year, unregistered medicine and cosmetics worth RM7.83 million had been confiscated by the ministry. As of June this year, products worth RM13.77 million had been seized.
The public can verify the authenticity of medical products at http://www.bpfk.gov.my
Registered products are also labelled with Meditag holograms.

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