Dangerous drugs sold through direct selling agents

11Feb10

If you are sick, go and seek a medical advice ie go and see your Doctors . Do not seek an opinion from a person who knows next to nothing about medicine.

I have observed that some direct selling marketing company have sold and made claims on all sorts of drugs , through sales people whose medical knowledge may even be less than us . Do you trust them more than your Doctors ?

I know of some one who was sick and she was hounded by one of these sales man . She was told that their drug will cure her. The drugs were expensive and as she was in a most vulnerable position she bought them. The sales man knows next to nothing of her condition and all he is interested is to parrot the company’s sales pitch and his sales commission . She was suffering from cancer . According to the sales man , his drugs can even cure cancer . which is a sheer nonsense .

Recently the Medical Authority raided an office of a local direct selling firm’s outlets in Kuala Lumpur for selling to women a health supplement that contains a drug sued to treat erectile dysfunction . The drugs could be dangerous and fatal for those ” suffering from diabetes, hypertension and coronary artery disease . Yet the sales people who are not medically trained are allowed to sell them .

As a small business man , I would not like to give advise that I am not qualified to .

More details here :

New Straits Time Feb 11 2010 written by Lee Shi-Ian

KUALA LUMPUR: Authorities raided a local direct-selling firm’s outlets yesterday for selling to women a health supplement that contains a drug used to treat erectile dysfunction. Health Ministry enforcement officers seized RM1 million worth of health supplements marketed under the brand names “Extremen” and “Extrewomen”.
The officers conducted the nationwide raids simultaneously, including at the firm’s headquarters in Taman Shamelin, Cheras, here and a factory in Malacca.
Ministry pharmaceutical enforcement division director Hatta Ahmad said more than 200 officers were involved in the raids on more than 20 locations following a month of surveillance.
“Prior to the raids, samples of the product, which were sold in powder form, were sent to the Chemistry Department and the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry for tests.
“Results revealed that Extrewomen contained tadalafil while Extremen contained hydroxythiohomosildenafil, an analogue of sildenafil or Viagra.” Tadalafil is used to treat erectile dysfunction but can only be obtained with a doctor’s prescription, similar to Viagra. Those suffering diabetes, hypertension and coronary artery disease are not allowed to consume tadalafil as it can have massive r e p e r c u s s i o n s.
The analogue hydroxyhomosildenafil is illegal in Malaysia as it causes health problems to those who consume it.
Hatta said: “I nve s t i g at i o n s revealed that users did not realise that there was tadalafil inside the product because the manufacturers claimed the product only contained natural herbs and collagen, a group of naturally-occurring p r o t e i n s.
“But Extrewomen will make women feel amorous and randy. They will not realise that it is due to the tadalafil in the product.” He took the direct-selling company to task for selling the product as tadalafil was a controlled substance.
The side effects include headaches, stomach aches, blurred vision or, in extreme cases, sudden death.
The amount of tadalafil in the product seized is considered three times stronger than taking a Viagra pill.

Investigations revealed that the products had been distributed nationwide besides being exported to Indonesia, based on invoices found at the headquarters.



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