Two Singapore 'natural' supplements found to contain prohibited potent ingredients

By Gary Scattergood contact

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Two Singapore 'natural' supplements found to contain prohibited potent ingredients
Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority (HSA) says two so-called natural supplements have been found to contain “undeclared potent ingredients, including prescription only medicines”.

The two items are LONGRED Oyster-x, which was found to contain a chemical compound related to sildenafil, a potent prescription-only medicine which is used to treat erectile dysfunction, and LifeSparks 100% Natural Pain Relief Supplement, which was found to contain diclofenac and paracetamol, among other substances.

According to HSA, a male patient in his 60s took LONGRED Oyster-x to prevent prostate problems, and LifeSparks 100% Natural Pain Relief Supplement for his leg pain and gout.

“Within a day, he experienced rapid pain relief. After a week, he developed severe gastric pain and facial swelling. He sought treatment from a general practitioner and has since recovered,”​ it said.

“Both products were distributed by Paul Harrison International Pte Ltd, and were sold directly to consumers from their office in the Ubi area of Singapore. Following HSA’s investigation and directive to the company, it has since stopped the sales of the products,​” it added.

The company is now working with HSA to investigate the matter.

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