Health Sciences Authority in Singapore warns of four adulterated herbal products

1 December 2011

Health Sciences Authority in Singapore has issued a press release warning the public of four adulterated health products.

  • ATHRI-Eze - is marketed as a traditional Chinese medicine and packaged in a bottle of 20 white capsules
  • SEAR HEANG TIENCHI TU CHUNG WAN - claims to treat rheumatic pain and backache and is sold in a bottle of 40 black pills with a red label.
  • CAP WIJAYA KUSUMA (AN KI IT) and WIKU JAHE KENCUR (AKUR MUJARAB) - are promoted as Malay Jamu (postnatal) medicines, which are packed in foil sachets of brown powder and are labelled to treat rheumatoid and arthritic conditions.

These four products have been found to contain undeclared pharmaceutical medicines. Ingredients found include:

  • dexamethasone
  • furosemid
  • paracetamol
  • chlorpheniramine (also known as chlorphenamine) 
  • phenylbutazone
  • allopurinol
  • prednisolone.

There are various side effects to these products which can include insomnia, tightness in the chest, puffed face, severe nausea, low blood pressure, dizziness, tinnitus and kidney damage.

While there is no reason to believe these products are available in the UK consumers are warned to be cautious.

Consumers are also reminded that to insure herbal products are made to assured quality standards, they should look out  for the Traditional Herbal Registration (THR) symbol.

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