Quackbuster: Singapore 5
This interesting piece of news illustrates to angry doc why quackbusting may not be such a straightforward job after all...
Consumers warned against taking illegal medicinal products
SINGAPORE: The public has been advised not to buy unlicensed health products that claim to improve sexual health, impotency or have aphrodisiac properties.
They may contain a potent drug called sildenafil which can cause serious side effects.
These include sudden vision loss, increased heart rate and decreased blood pressure in certain susceptible individuals. It may also cause fatal consequences in patients with heart conditions, especially those who are taking medicines containing nitrates for the treatment of their heart condition.
The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) said sildenafil should only be prescribed by a medical doctor and taken under strict medical supervision because of its potential serious side effects.
It issued this warning after an illegal medicinal product called Urat Madu was found to contain the drug.
The product, which is touted to have aphrodisiac properties, is not licensed by HSA.
A sample was obtained from a member of the public who had bought the product from overseas. The product was found to contain sildenafil upon testing.
Sildenafil is a substance controlled under the Poisons Act.
Sounds dangerous, doesn't it?
Now those of you who don't already know what sildenafil is, do google it up.
Now tell me every hot-blooded male in town isn't going to try and get their hands on some Urat Madu.
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