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Etumax Corp’s medicinal products banned

KUALA LUMPUR, 13 April 2009: The Health Ministry has banned the sale, distribution and consumption of traditional medicine manufactured by Etumax Corporation Sdn Bhd as they were found to contain prohibited items for medicine classed as traditional medicine.

Its Pharmaceutical Services Division senior director Eisah A Rahman said the products used the brand names of “Phyto Shape”, “Phyto-Hape”, “Tongkat Ali Power,”Tongkat Ali Power Plus” and “Etumax Eurycoma Active Plus”.

She said medicine containing sibutramine and sildenafil can only be prescribed by a doctor or obtained from pharmacies with a doctor’s prescription.

“The public should not use traditional medicine products with sibutramine as its use without supervision of a doctor can lead to adverse effects like high blood pressure and faster heartbeat.

“The use of sildenafil without a doctor’s prescription can lead to low blood pressure and have serious implications like a heart attack,” she said in a statement here today.

As such, she advised anyone with stocks of the products to stop selling, distributing or consuming them with immediate effect.

Offenders can be charged under of the Drug Control and Cosmetic Regulations 1984 whereby they can be fined a maximum of RM25,000 or jailed not more than three years or both, if convicted for the first time.

For subsequent offences, offenders can be fined a maximum of RM50,000 or jailed up to five years or both while offending companies can be fined up to RM50,000 for the first offence and up to RM100,000 for subsequent offences. — Bernama


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