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Health Ministry to look into candy laced with erectile dysfunction drug

Publish date: Sat, 13 Apr 2024, 03:49 PM

Iylia Marsya Iskandar

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry will look into an advisory issued by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) against purchasing the "Kingu Ginseng Candy", which has been detected to contain tadalafil.

Health director-general Datuk Muhammad Radzi Abu Hassan said the ministry would investigate the matter and check whether the candy was also sold locally.

Tadalafil is a prescription medicine used to treat erectile dysfunction. The "candy" has been promoted as a male sexual enhancer.

"I will get the relevant division to investigate," he said in a brief reply to the New Straits Times, when asked whether the candy was locally manufactured and if any action would be taken against the manufacturer.

Yesterday, the SFA issued an advisory to warn Singaporean consumers against purchasing or consuming the candy, which it said was imported from Malaysia.

It added that tadalafil should only be prescribed under medical supervision and inappropriate use could increase the risk of adverse effects, including heart attack, stroke, headache, migraine, irregular heart rate and priapism (painful and exceedingly long erections).

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