Medications removed from sale for failing to meet health requirements

The Vietnamese health authorities have issued a recall and remove from sale some over-the-counter drugs, which include: Atefulton or Atenolol, traditional medicines Song Long, Tho Long and an herbal tablet named ‘Ong gia chong gay’ because they have failed to meet standard health requirements.

The Vietnam Drug Administration has decided to remove the drug Atenolol 50mg. This drug is supposed to treat heart diseases such as angina pectoris (chest pain) and arrhythmia (irregular heartbeats). It has the lot number 0060.

It was made by Fulton Medicinali S.P, Italia and imported by the Sai Gon Pharmaceutical Company. The drug was removed from sale because it failed to meet and satisfy the requirements of dissolvability and disintegration.

The Ho Chi Minh Department of Health also announced a ban on the sale and use of three traditional medications. These include: Song Long, which is used to treat coughs; Tho Long, used for fortifying the spleen; and ‘Ong gia chong gay’, a drug to help sufferers from rheumatism.

The Song Long Oriental Medicine Company produces the Song Long medication, with an expiry date of November 7 and the registration number of V-517-H12. The Tho Long drug, made by the Bao Long Herbal Medicine Company and the Quang Vinh Company, from the Mekong delta province of An Giang, developed the drug for people that suffer from rheumatism.

By K. Quoc - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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