Health Ministry bans Gozout for containing harmful substances

Tue, 28/11/2017 - 11:27
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry has banned the unregistered ‘health product’ Gozout for containing ‘100 per cent harmful substances.’

“The National Pharmacy Regulatory Division (NPRA) has confirmed that (Gozout) is unregistered and contains 100 per cent active ingredients which contravene Regulation 7 (1) (a) and Regulation 30 (1) of the Drug Control and Cosmetics Regulations 1984.

"It should be registered with the Drug Control Authority (DCA),” said the

ministry’s director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Gozout is misleadingly advertised as a cure for gout, hypertension and diabetes.

Noor Hisham said individuals found selling the product could be charged under Section 12 (1) of the Drug Sale Act 1952, which provides for a fine of not more than RM25,000, or imprisonment of not more than three years, or both, for the first offense.

"For a subsequent offense, they can be fined RM50,000 or jailed for not exceeding five years, or both," he added.

Companies selling the product could be fined up to RM50,000 for the first offense, and up to RM100,000 for a subsequent offence.

Noor Hisham said the ministry recently conducted raids in Kelantan and Terengganu and seized RM2.3 million worth of the product.

He advised the public to be cautious and to not be easily influenced by the claims of various health products sold on the market, especially online.