31 Dec '11, 6am

Sweets, chocolates laced with prescription drugs in Malaysia

Sweets, chocolates laced with prescription drugs in Malaysia

Sweet and unsafe: A Pharmaceutical Services Division staff showing some confiscated products containing sexual performance enhancers like sildenafil. -- PHOTO: THE STAR PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - If a 'special' candy, chocolate or coffee carries steamy images on its packaging and a promise to turn you into some kind of 'superman', beware. Syndicates are increasingly using food products and supplements to market active ingredients of prescription drugs like Cialis, Viagra and Levitra which are used to treat impotence in men. The ingredient drugs tadanafil, sildenafil and verdenafil can be harmful to health if taken without proper consultation and dosing and can even cause loss of vision, according to the Pharmaceutical Services Division of the Health Ministry. Director of pharmacy enforcement Mohd Hatta Ahmad said: 'The syndicates used to add the drugs int...

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