Several months ago, the Pharmaceutical Crime Fighting Unit received information pointing to an individual who was running a Chinese medicine center in Umm Al Fahm, and who purported to treat for weight loss and who sold so-called “natural” weight loss preparations, while these were apparently counterfeit, causing side effects among patients.
The unit collected incriminating evidence against the proprietor of the “clinic”, indicating that the preparations he was selling for weight loss, and which he claimed were natural, contained sibutramine, a prohibited medical substance. The man was also selling counterfeit preparations for treatment of male impotency. A complaint has been filed with the fraud unit of the Coastal District Police.
In the joint operation, which took place on July 9, 2012, the Pharmaceutical crime fighting unit in the ministry of health, together with the fraud unit of the coastal district police and the tax authority, raided a Chinese medicine clinic has been uncovered in Umm Al Fahm. Large quantities of counterfeit drugs were caught, including counterfeit weight loss drugs and male impotency drugs (Viagra, Cialis, and dozens of Chinese preparations of all kinds.)
The raid also uncovered a laboratory where various preparations were prepared for sale to patients, such as: ointments, pills and tonics which had been prepared and marketed without the proper authorization from the Ministry of Health, and the consumption of which may endanger public health.
The proprietor presented himself as being a doctor of Chinese medicine, although no diploma corroborating this claim or title was found.
The tax authority confiscated dozens of documents and certificates from the site, as well as bills of lading for various substances. The police arrested the suspect.