Friday, December 2, 2011

Adulterated Herbal Products

Health Sciences Authority in Singapore warns of four adulterated herbal products

Health Sciences Authority in Singapore has issued a press release warning the public of four adulterated health products which are sold as traditional Chinese and Malay medicines.

ATHRI-Eze [ 人参活络舒筋丸 ] - is marketed as a traditional Chinese medicine and packaged in a bottle of 20 white capsules

SEAR HEANG TIENCHI TU CHUNG WAN [ 麝香田七杜仲丸 ] - claims to treat rheumatic pain and backache and is sold in a bottle of 40 black pills with a red label.

CAP WIJAYA KUSUMA (AN KI IT) and WIKU JAHE KENCUR (AKUR MUJARAB) - are promoted as Malay Jamu (postnatal) medicines, which are packed in foil sachets of brown powder and are labelled to treat rheumatoid and arthritic conditions.

These four products have been found to contain undeclared pharmaceutical medicines.

Ingredients found include: dexamethasone furosemid (also known as frusemide) paracetamol chlorpheniramine (also known as chlorphenamine) phenylbutazone allopurinol prednisolone.

There are various side effects to these products which can include insomnia, tightness in the chest, puffed face, severe nausea, low blood pressure, dizziness, tinnitus and kidney damage. CLICK HERE for further details.

It is possible that these products may be available across the causeway (in Malaysia) and consumers are warned to be cautious.

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