Getting tough on online sale of health products [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]
(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) THE Health Ministry will come down hard on the sale of unregistered health products over the Internet, the Dewan Rakyat was told here yesterday.
Its minister, Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, said 163 websites selling health products, which were not registered with the ministry, were shut down last year.
"The websites were identified during a joint operation, coordinated by Interpol, which involved enforcement agencies from 100 countries.
"In Malaysia, the operation was carried out by the ministry, the Communications and Multimedia Commission, the Home Ministry and the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry and was conducted between June 18 and June 25 this year.
"The joint operation was a follow-up to the same operation conducted between September and October last year, where 99 websites were blocked from the country's cyber world."
He was replying to a question from Liang Teck Meng (BN-Simpang Renggam) on efforts taken by the ministry to ban the online sales of unregistered health products.
He stressed that the ministry was constantly monitoring the existence of websites and social media to protect consumers from purchasing unregistered health products, which were deemed dangerous.
"This is part of our ongoing efforts to protect the people from being duped by irresponsible quarters through advertisements and promotions.
"The ministry found out most of the advertisements were created without any basis and scientific evidence."
On another matter, Dr Subramaniam said the ministry's Pharmaceutical Services Department received 1,153 advertising applications pertaining health products as of June this year. However, only 1,045 applications were approved.
"The ministry has also issued 94 warning letters against advertising firms for flouting the Medicine (Advertisement and Sales) Act 1956 between January and June this year."
(c) 2013 ProQuest Information and Learning Company; All Rights Reserved.
[ Back To Technology News's Homepage ]