The Ministry of Health (MoH) raided a company supplying unregistered medical devices to pharmacies and private clinics nationwide.
Medical Device Authority (MDA) surveillance and operation unit chief Dery Akmal Abdul Rahman was reported as saying that the operation took place on June 13 in Taman Perindustrian Wawasan in Batu Pahat, Johor.
He said the 40-year-old business owner had received warning letters in 2018 and 2022 but still continued operating.
“The first warning was issued in 2018 based on a public complaint as the owner was found selling two types of unregistered medical devices.
“Another complaint was lodged in July 2022, where we issued another warning to the company, this time for selling five types of unregistered medical devices,” he said.
Before the raid, the MDA had monitored the company for six months and conducted investigations.
“We have also investigated the pharmacies and private clinics that bought unregistered medical items from this company. The use of unregistered medical devices is dangerous, as we do not know the kind of risk that they pose to our health,” he explained.
Face masks, pregnancy test kits, first aid kits, blood lancets and paraffin gauze are a few of the confiscated goods that were imported from China and sold on the local market.
The case is being investigated under Section 5(1) of the Medical Device Act 2012 (Act 737) for selling an unregistered medical device, and the estimated value of the items seized has not been verified yet. – The Health