The Department of Health (DH) today (October 18) ordered a licensed wholesaler of proprietary Chinese medicine (pCm), Pure Health (Hong Kong) Medical Limited (Pure Health), to recall three brands of unregistered pCms, "Pure Health Stong Plaster", "Bon Sante Jiangubao Yitiaogen Huoluotie" and "Tranaly Plaster", sold in different pack sizes.
The appeal follows the DH's investigation into information received on the three pCms.
The investigation so far has revealed that the three pCms were manufactured in Taiwan and repackaged by Pure Health for sale in Hong Kong. It was found that all three products have not been registered in Hong Kong.
According to the labels, the three products are suitable for people concerned about waist, shoulder, back and limb joint discomfort.
A DH spokesman explained that use of unregistered pCms could pose public health threats as their safety, efficacy and quality have not been proven.
The investigation is proceeding. No adverse reports related to the products have been received so far.
Members of the public can call Pure Health's hotline on 3997 1733 for enquiries. The DH will closely monitor the recall.
According to Section 119 of the Chinese Medicine Ordinance (Cap 549), no person shall sell, import or possess any pCm unless it is registered with the Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong (CMCHK). Contravention is liable to a maximum penalty of $100,000 and two years' imprisonment. Upon completion of the investigation, the DH will work with the Department of Justice on any prosecution matters.
The case will also be referred to the CMCHK for possible disciplinary action.
The spokesman urged the public to stop using the above products immediately. Those who have purchased them should submit the products to the Chinese Medicine Division of the DH at 16/F, Two Landmark East, 100 How Ming Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon during office hours.
Those who have used the products and feel unwell should seek advice from their healthcare professionals as soon as possible.
For the list of registered pCms in Hong Kong, the public may visit the CMCHK's website (www.cmchk.org.hk/pcm/eng/idx_listpcmsearch.htm).
Ends/Thursday, October 18, 2012
Issued at HKT 18:08