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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019. 7:12 pm CST.

By BBN Staff:  The Ministry of Health (MOH) cautioned today that taking the medication that it confiscated at two Belize City pharmacies due to quality compliance issues, could have serious adverse effects on your health.
 
 
The MOH announced today that it confiscated a second batch of counterfeit Cialis, a medication used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), following a routine search from the Drug Inspectorate.
 
 Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero, explained that that the medications did not have proper documentation which means authorities cannot readily say if the pills are actually Cialis, what the active
ingredients are, if there are any harmful ingredients present, or whether the pills passed any kind of quality assurance tests before being passed on to consumers.
 
 
He noted that men taking the drug without a prescription run serious risks, which include worsening their ED, worsening some undiagnosed medical problem that may have been the source of the ED, and in the worst-case scenario, taking the pills could lead to death.
 
 
“We have asked the pharmacies to say exactly where they got these medications from and if they don’t provide the information, we will take that into account and when they go to renew their licenses, we may not give it to them,” Manzanero said, noting that the MOH shut down two pharmacies in San Ignacio last year over a similar issue.
 
 
Persons who have purchased Cialis from a Belize City pharmacy are asked to be aware of the dangers that they might have purchased a dangerous counterfeit, and members of the public are asked to work with the MOH and report any suspicious products being sold at pharmacies.

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