UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention has withdrawn Hamer Ginseng and Coffee Candy from the markets as the undeclared Nor Taldalafil is one of its ingredients, Al Bayan reported.
Assistant Undersecretary Public Health Policy and Licence Sector, chairman of the Supreme Committee for Pharmaceutical Vigilance, Dr Amin Hussein Al Amiri, said the drug caused side effects especially among patients who take medication containing nitrate in their ingredients.
Director of the Medicine Department Dr Rokaya Al Bastaki said that a circular was issued to withdraw the drug from the UAE markets, based on lab reports which confirmed the presence of Nor Taldalafil which causes hypertension.
The circular was addressed to the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, the Abu Dhabi Food Control, the UAE Customs Authority and the Dubai Health Authority.
“The drug which is not registered with UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention comes in the form of sweet chocolate pills that lure even children which endangers their health,” said Dr Al Bastaki.
The circular orders the competent authorities to take immediate measures to withdraw the drug and ban its use and import, urging patients to visit ministry-authorised doctors and other local health entities in case they develop side-effects.