Monday, 10 February 2020

Warning: HSA raises alert on three health products containing potent ingredients

In the news release, HSA warned the public not to purchase or use the following products.

Perliere Mimi Pearl Cream

The authority said that the product contained antibiotics and a potent steroid, which could "pose serious health risks if used without medical supervision".

A woman in her 30s had developed steroid withdrawal symptoms (redness, extreme itchiness and a burning sensation) after stopping using the product, according to HSA.

Tian Ma Tu Chung Seven Leave Ginseng

A man in his 50s developed "abnormal blood cortisol levels" after long-term consumption of Tian Ma Tu Chung Seven Leave Ginseng, said HSA. This condition can generally cause weakness, muscle and joint pain, low blood pressure or shock to a patient.

After carrying out tests on the product, which was bought in Malaysia, HSA detected an antihistamine, chlorpheniramine, and a potent steroid, dexamethasone.


In the press release, HSA said that it was carrying out a routine surveillance on health product Impactra when it detected several potent ingredients.

"Impactra was detected to contain sildenafil, tadalafil and chloropretadalafil," said HSA. "These are prescription medicines used for the treatment of male erectile dysfunction."


Novel coronavirus: MOM cancels work passes and employers' work pass privileges after leave of absence breached

Four work pass holders had their work passes revoked and six employers saw their work pass privileges suspended after breaching leave of absence requirements, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in a statement on Sunday (Feb 9).

Four work pass holders were found working at their workplaces during their leave of absence period between Feb 4 and Feb 8.

MOM requires work pass holders who recently travelled to mainland China to serve a mandatory 14-day leave of absence. The leave of absence requirements have been put in place to manage the ongoing novel coronavirus situation in Singapore.

In addition to revoking the four work passes, MOM repatriated the four workers within 24 hours and have permanently banned them from working in Singapore.

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Singaporeans who want to return from Hubei should contact MFA, embassy - updated

Singaporeans in Wuhan and other cities in Hubei Province who would like to return home should contact the Singapore Embassy in Beijing or the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

The MFA spokesperson said this on Friday (Feb 7) in response to media queries on whether there are arrangements to facilitate the return of Singaporeans from Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, to Singapore.

“Following the return of 92 Singaporeans on Jan 30 from Wuhan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has continued to be in discussions with the relevant Chinese authorities on our plans for another flight to bring our fellow Singaporeans there back home.

"Singaporeans in Wuhan and other cities in Hubei Province who have yet to contact the Singapore Embassy in Beijing or the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs and would like to return to Singapore are strongly encouraged to do so as soon as possible."

The contact information for the authorities are as below:

The Singapore Embassy in Beijing
Tel: +86-(10) 65321115 / +86 1391 0755 251

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hours)
Tel: +65 6379 8800/8855


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