Xiaoke/ Xiaoke-wan

January 2004

Xiaoke/ Xiaoke-wan
In August 2003 the Agency seized a specific range of Xiaoke pills from a traditional Chinese outlet in Essex. The pills were labelled as containing glibenclamide, a prescription only medicine (POM) which can lead to a life threatening drop in blood sugar levels. Glibenclamide is an antihyperglycaemic drug which can be prescribed by qualified doctors to lower blood glucose levels in the management of diabetes. Improper use could result in coma and death. The Agency is looking into the possible illegal supply of the drug.

The New Zealand Health Ministry has also identified the presence of glibenclamide in a traditional Chinese medicine called Xiaoke-wan.

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