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Health Ministry has never approved herbal remedies for dengue DG

0 month ago, 13-Feb-2019

Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah – Bernama file photo

KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Health through theNational Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) has never approved any herbal product claimed to prevent or cure dengue fever, Zikaor Chikungunya infection.

Health director-general, DatukDr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement today said the ministry had received complaints on such herbal products that were advertised through the social media.

He stressed that all advertisements on products registered with the NPNA needed approval from the Medicine Advertisement Board, Ministry of Health before being published forthe public.

Legal action can be taken under the Medicine (Advertisement and Sale) Act 1956 against medicine advertisements published without approval from the board. If found guilty, the individuals or companies involved can be fined not exceeding RM3,000 or face a jail term of up to a year,or both,he said.

Besides taking prevention measures against dengue caused by the Aedesmosquito, the ministry alsoadvised the public to immediately seek treatment ifthey have symptoms of dengue suchas fever, headache, joint pains, rashes, nausea andvomiting orearly warning symptomslike a spate of vomiting, stomach ache or lethargy.

Any information on dubious medicinal products can be channelled to the NPRA viahttps://www.npra.gov.my/index.php/public-enquiry-complaints/contactus,by calling 03-7883 5400 or by emailing tonpra@npra.gov.my. – Bernama


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