Any individual who commits an offence under Control Of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations 1984 can be fined up to a maximum of RM25,000 or a jail sentence not exceeding 3 years or both for the first offence, and for a subsequent offence, a fine up to a maximum of RM50,000 or a jail sentence not exceeding 5 years or both.
Hence, beware when buying medicines via the Internet. Check before you click!
In order to protect the health and welfare of the public, the enforcement in online sales of pharmaceutical products through the internet has become a major challenge to the Pharmaceutical Services Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia. This Division is trying to curb the selling of pharmaceutical products which violate the provisions of law detected in the digital medium.
All advertisements approved by Medicines Advertisement Board (MAB) will be given approval numbers. The approval number begins with KKLIU, followed by 4 digits referring to the serial number and ends with year which refers to when the approval is submitted. Each approval number must be displayed on the published advertisement. Consumers are adviced not to be confused between MAL registration number with the serial number KKLIU approval.
Most of the advertisements frequently used superlative words or phrases such as ‘Guaranteed’, ‘Effective’, ‘No side effect’, Miracle’, No. 1’ and many others. And surprisingly, many of the advertisements promise something that is dubious. Sometimes many of these illegal advertisements displayed immoral statement especially those relating with sexual performance. For example, improving sexual function either directly or implied for the purpose of getting public attraction.
Health-related technology is undergoing a transformation driven by Internet domination in everyday life. The results of these technological developments can be seen through the development of activities and advertisements related to health. The ability of people to surf the internet such as blogs and social media in a variety of mediums provide opportunity for certain groups of people to promote and influence the public in making choices related to health products.