Materia Medica Malaysiana

July 30, 2008

Tainted candy worth over RM1m seized

Filed under: Uncategorized — malaysianmedicine @ 9:52 am

Star: KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry seized RM1.18mil worth of Hotton Vitality Candy, which is a type of health confectionary that can lead to heart failure and shortness of breath.
The candy, which contained aminotadalafil (tadalafil analogue), can also cause loss of sight through prolonged use or in high doses.
The ministry said in a statement that the candy was seized in raids on the importer in Damansara Jaya and the distributor in Bandar Puteri Puchong.
Tadalafil is a type of medicine used to treat erectile dysfunction and it has been confirmed safe for use for the ailment but the patient must first undergo medical examination.
In contrast the safety profile of its analogue has never been scientifically tested. Aminotadalafil (tadalafil analogue) is added in Hotton Vitality Candy to avoid detection by the authorities and to mislead the public into believing it is safe.
“Hotton Vitality Candy is marketed in a pack of four candies each with a different flavour namely ginger, coffee, cinnamon and mint. It is believed to be imported from Thailand and sold for RM5 each,” the statement said.
Manufacturers and distributors can be prosecuted in court under the Poisons Act and upon conviction can be fined up to RM5,000 and jailed up to two years or both. – Bernama

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