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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 29, 2015:

Beauty products, especially Vitamin C injections for skin whitening, remain easily obtainable via online sales though they are dangerous and have not been approved by the Health Ministry.

Many illegal traders continue selling such products though it is an offence under the law.

According to pharmacist Rahman Baco, beauty-related injections were not included under the category of cosmetic products as they were considered medicines needing prescriptions from medical experts.

“The administration of injections needs to be done with the right dosage instead of randomly. Otherwise, it could lead towards kidney-related diseases or kidney stones.

“Individuals taking unregulated Vitamin C injections can also suffer from diarrhoea and gastric problems,” he said when contacted by The Rakyat Post.

Earlier, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the notification methods used by the National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau (NPCB), was capable of checking information related to beauty products.

He said the system was capable of filtering and blocking cosmetic products containing banned substances or exceeding permissible levels approved for the Malaysian market.

When asked to comment on the overwhelming number of beauty-related injections made available widely, Rahman said he believed the authorities were facing a challenge in keeping track of online sales of prohibited products.

“Now with social media channels such as Instagram, it is difficult to detect accurately beauty products which violate the set guidelines,” the former NPCB staff said.

Companies will be instructed to recall from the market products that fail NPCB laboratory tests and dispose them within the prescribed period.

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