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Ministry warns of banned medicine for sale online

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The Ministry of Health has issued a warning to consumers over a health product that had its registration revoked in 2010 but has recently popped up for sale again in the country via Facebook pages.

The ministry issued a statement yesterday warning the public not to purchase the product Trankal, which was banned in 2010 for containing indomethacine dexamethasone and other substances that could harm people’s health.

The ministry added that Facebook pages selling the product as a way to relieve chronic joint pain were misrepresenting the truth.

“To avoid losing money and suffering from ill health effects, the ministry hopes that the public after receiving this notice will cease using the product and believing in the advertising that misrepresents the truth,” the statement said.

The ministry added that it will take strict measures in accordance with the Law on Drug Management against the owner of the Facebook account My-Big-Soze, which has imported, distributed and advertised the medicine.

Hean Kimseat, deputy director of the ministry’s regulatory office, said that although the ministry had deleted the registration and import licences for the product in 2010, there are still some people taking the opportunity to import it illegally using fake identities for advertising, sale and distribution.

“Until now, we have not yet identified the owner of the Facebook account because when we try to order the medicine, they sent someone else to deliver it to us,” he said.

However, he said the ministry would continue to investigate the Facebook account to take legal action, and called on the public to buy medicine and healthcare products from legitimate pharmacies.

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