DH investigates suspected illegal possession of unregistered proprietary Chinese medicines (with photo)

     The Department of Health (DH) is today (September 16) investigating Chan Kin-hung Chinese Medicine Clinic at Flat B, 1/F, Fook On Building, 65 Yuen Long On Ning Road, New Territories, for suspected illegal possession of 10 kinds of unregistered proprietary Chinese medicines (pCms) under the name of Sun Ten Compound Chinese Medicine Granules.

     Acting upon intelligence, the DH today conducted a surprise inspection with the Police at the above clinic of Chan Kin-hung, a registered Chinese medicine practitioner (CMP), and seized the above suspected unregistered pCms. Initial investigations revealed that the pCms were manufactured in Taiwan. During the operation, a 71-year-old man was arrested by the Police for suspected illegal possession of unregistered pCms. Investigations are ongoing.

     "The use of unregistered pCms may pose threats to public health as their safety, quality and efficacy are not proven," a spokesman for the DH said.

     According to section 119 of the Chinese Medicine Ordinance (Cap. 549), no person shall sell, import or possess any pCm unless it is registered. The maximum penalty is a fine of $100,000 and two years' imprisonment. Upon completion of its investigations, the DH will seek advice from the Department of Justice on prosecution matters and will also refer the case to the Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong for consideration of possible disciplinary action.

     Members of the public who have been prescribed with the above compound Chinese medicine granules by the above CMP and feel unwell or are in doubt should consult healthcare professionals as soon as possible. They may submit the products to the DH's Chinese Medicine Regulatory Office at 16/F, AIA Kowloon Tower, Landmark East, 100 How Ming Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, during office hours for disposal.

Ends/Thursday, September 16, 2021
Issued at HKT 19:00