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Banned pills still on sale in UK

30th March 2010

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has warned that a poisonous Chinese medicine is still being sold in the UK.


The MHRA said over 900 packets of the carcinogenic Jingzhi Kesou Tan Chuan Wan were on sale in shops.

The announcement follows a criminal court hearing which was told that a woman in the UK suffered kidney failure and cancer after consuming the pills.

Experts have warned that anyone who has ingested the pills should speak to their GP.

The herbal pills, which contain a toxic substance known as Aristolochia, were sent out to 20 Chinese medicine stores in the UK.

Ekong International (UK) Ltd, the pills' manufacturer, recalled the pills in February but over 75% of the products have not been sent back.

The products' packets have had a fresh label written in English pasted over the old label to conceal the Chinese symbols for Aristolochia. The pills have been packaged in white bottles which contain 180 tablets.

Richard Woodfield, head of herbal policy at the MHRA, said: "This is a clear example where natural does not necessarily mean safe. Aristolochia is a highly toxic plant that can cause serious injury and even death if taken."

"I would strongly advise anyone who has used this product to stop taking it and to immediately consult their doctor."


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