The Health Ministry has warned the public to avoid using two traditional Chinese medicine products, Tong Mai Dan and Zhuan Guwan, after discovering some contain chemicals that could harm the health of consumers.
The ministry said in a statement that counterfeits of the products have been found and contain chemicals such as dexamethasone.
It added that pharmacies have been instructed to recall the products.
“If any pharmacies or traditional medicine stores do not remove them and continue to sell and distribute these counterfeit Chinese products, they will be punished under the law on drug management,” the statement said.
Hean Kimseat, deputy director of the regulatory office of the Health Ministry’s drugs, food, medical equipment and cosmetics department, said yesterday that officers who discovered the fake products had already destroyed those discovered.
“We will continue to announce this information to get them to stop selling these medicines, and we will withdraw those products and destroy them,” he said.
Mr Kimseat said the medicines are used to relieve body pain and that consumers should report any sightings of the products to the ministry.