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Jakarta Post

Regulator bans 22 performance-enchancing drugs

  • Triwik Kurniasari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 15 2008   /  10:54 am

The national food and drugs regulator has released a list of 22 performance-enhancing drugs and supplements banned because of their alleged side effects. A series of tests found the products contained chemical substances and should be categorized as prescription drugs, not as jamu (herbal medicine) or food supplements, head of the Food and Drugs Monitoring Agency (BPOM), Husniah Rubiana Thamrin Akib, said Friday. "The producers claimed and registered those products as purely herbal medicines, while in fact the items were mixed with prescription drugs. It is very dangerous," Husniah said. "All products contain sildenafil citrate, which can cause headache, nausea and even death, and tadalafil, which can cause stroke." Among the banned products are six imported items -- five herbal medicine products and a food supplement -- and four products with fake registry numbers. The impor...