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Products found to contain undeclared medicines

Singapore: HSA seized illegal sexual enhancement drugs which were found to contain undeclared prescription substances sildenafil, tadalafil, and chloramphenicol
The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) took part in a global enforcement operation coordinated by INTERPOL from 13-20 May 2014, and seized its largest haul of illegal sexual enhancement drugs sold online. HSA seized over 56,000 units of illegal health products, consisting of sexual enhancement drugs, contact lenses, cosmetic products and slimming products. Of these, more than 36,000 units were illegal sexual enhancement drugs which were found through HSA's laboratory testing to contain potent western medicinal ingredients, some of which were not declared on the products' labels. Amongst these products are:

i) Black Deity, detected to contain sildenafil and tadalafil;
ii) Bull's Genital Male sexual stimulant, detected to contain chloramphenicol and sildenafil;
iii) Red Cialis Viagra, detected to contain tadalafil.

Tadalafil and sildenafil are prescription only medicines which have to be used under medical supervision. They can cause adverse effects such as decreased or loss of vision and hearing, cardiovascular events such as stroke and a heart attack. In addition, tadalafil and sildenafil are not suitable for patients with some medical conditions including certain heart problems or patients who are taking heart medications such as nitrates.

HSA's investigations revealed that these products were sourced from overseas. HSA reiterates the dangers of purchasing health products from dubious sources including the Internet, and strongly advises those who are holding on to these products to stop taking them immediately.

Please refer to the following website in HSA for details:

In Hong Kong, the above products are not registered pharmaceutical products.

Ends/ Friday, May 23, 2014
Issued at HKT 13:00