Selangor Journal

No alert on paracetamol contamination received by Health Ministry

SHAH ALAM, FEB 8: There are no alert reports received from the authorities, manufacturers or other countries on paracetamol contamination.
Ministry of Health (MOH) Director General, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said, the P/500 (Aeknil) product which is white in colour is not registered with MOH and it is different from the registered Aeknil Tablets.
This is following the message which has been going viral in the social media that the shiny white P/500 (Aeknil) product is contaminated with the Machupo virus.
He said, a registered Aeknil Tablet contains 500mg active paracetamol, has the registered number of ‘MAL19911249XZ’ as well as the indication ‘For the relief of mild to moderate pain and reduce fever’.
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“The registered tablet is blue in colour, round with a diameter of half an inch and the word aeknil or therapeutic engraved on the surface,” he said in a statement today.
He said, the Machupo virus which is spread through urine or infected rat’s faeces is classed as Arenavirus and can cause haemorrhagic fever.
He said, the virus cannot live in dry environment such as paracetamol tablet, and, so far has only been found in South America.
Therefore, the public is urged to ensure they consume only products that are registered, have the hologram stickers and labelled with MAL registration numbers.

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