05 Apr '11, 11am

Wires: Tokyo police arrest two for selling fake drug to stop effects of radioactivity

TOKYO - TOKYO police on Tuesday arrested two people for selling a drug they claimed would protect people from the radiation leaking from Japan's stricken nuclear plant. The pair, a 50-year-old health food trader and his 29-year-old assistant, were charged with the unlicensed sale of a medicine, a spokesman for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department said. 'Their advertisements said the drug, named Premium Zeolite, would absorb radioactive substances and remove them from the human body in about six hours through urine and faeces,' the spokesman said. He added that the drug has not been proven effective in removing radioactive substances. The two allegedly sold 10 bottles of the drug to three people between Feb 17 and March 29 for a total of 47,500 yen (S$712), the spokesman said. The official said he could not confirm press reports that they had sold the drug to more than ...

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