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DH surveillance captured an adulterated proprietary Chinese medicine (with photo)

     The Department of Health (DH) today (May 11) urged members of the public not to buy or take a proprietary Chinese medicine for relieving joint pain calledˇu999ˇvZhuanggu Guangjie Wan (Wan) with provisional registration number HKP-05345 as analysis by Government Laboratory found undeclared chemicals.

     The appeal is made in view of the detection of two chemicals, psoralen and iso-psoralen in the Wan but are not on the product's label by DH's Chinese medicine surveillance programme.

     The presence of the two chemicals indicated that psoralen- and iso-psoralen-containing Chinese herbs, not declared as ingredients, are probably included in the Wan. Common herbs containing the respective chemicals are Psoraleae corylifolia L which has the functions of invigorating the kidneys, easing asthma and stopping diarrhea  and "Heracleum candicans Wall. ex DC" which can cure coughing and kill pains.

     The wholesaler, Hong Kong San Jiu Medical Limited, which imported the drug from the Mainland, is ordered by the DH to recall the Wan from consumers because although the undeclared chemicals are not known to pose health hazards, the findings pointed to quality and labelling defects. The company has set up a hotline 2408 0789 to answer related enquiries.

     Meanwhile, investigation into the cause of the adulteration is to continue and DH has already been in contact with its Mainland counterpart.  

     The spokesman reminded members of the public to check their Chinese medicine stock carefully and act accordingly. For those who have used the product and feel unwell, they should seek the expert advice of healthcare professionals.

Ends/Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Issued at HKT 21:11


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