Bid to smuggle fake impotence medicine foiled

ABU DHABI - The Ministry of Health (MoH) in cooperation with customs officials foiled an attempt to smuggle a large quantity of a fake drug into the country, a top health official yesterday.

By Nada S. Mussallam

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Published: Fri 27 Aug 2004, 10:52 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:22 PM

Speaking to Khaleej Times, Dr Issa Jakka Al Mansouri, Director of the Drug Control Department (DCD) of the ministry, said that the seized drug - 6,000 tablets of fake ‘Cialisis’ 250mg -, which is used for treating impotence, was valued at Dh300,000.

Dr Al Mansouri said that law-enforcement personnel from the Dubai customs authorities assisted by DCD inspectors managed to seize the consignment from China, which consisted of a counterfeit of the original ‘Cialisis’ registered with the ministry.

He added that the fake medicine had been destroyed by the authorities concerned.

He said the operation was part of an intensive inspection campaign launched by the department after it received reports about certain pharmacies and supermarkets dealing in fake medicines.

He said the campaign aimed at confiscating fake drugs in order to prevent any risks to the public health due to the spread of unregistered drug items.

Dr Mansouri also revealed that the department in collaboration with customs authorities at Al Shahin village in Dubai seized 12,000 fake drug items from Iran. “It was learnt that these items included slimming tablets and vitamins compounds. The brands, however, were not among those registered with the ministry,” said Dr Mansouri.

About the counterfeit drugs, which will be withdrawn from the market, Dr Mansouri said: “The DCD has decided to withdraw 1500mg ‘Procamal’ (royaljelly) capsules and hydroquinone cream from the market.

He said that the DCD also contacted the municipality to ban marketing of a syrup called ‘Strepsils’, which is a counterfeit of ‘Strepsils’ tablets used for sour throat and is sold in supermarkets for not being registered with the ministry,” he said.

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