Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Control and Reporting Counterfeit Medicine In Malaysia

The Ministry of Health has imposed the use of security label hologram (picture 1) to all medicinal products since September 2005. This is to prevent and control counterfeit products assessing the Malaysian market. Medicinal product with genuine MeditagTM hologram is considered genuine and medicinal product with fake hologram or without the MeditagTM hologram is considered counterfeit and unregistered. The authenticity of the MeditagTM hologram can be examined by the public in all community pharmacies in Malaysia using Decoder MeditagTM (picture 2). 

Picture 1: Meditag Hologram

Picture 2: Meditag Decoder

Picture 3: Verifying the authenticity of the Meditag hologram in pharmacy

Picture 4: Example of counterfeit medicine (with & without Meditag Hologram)

If a medicine is suspected to be illegal or counterfeited, publics are advised to stop taking and seek medical advice should they fell unwell. They can report the incident to their pharmacist or doctor who will then inform the Ministry of Health accordingly. Alternatively they may report directly to the:

Pharmaceutical Services Division,
Ministry of Health, Malaysia,
Lot 36, Jalan Universiti,
46350 Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03 7841 3200
Fax: 03 7968 2251 or

Public can visit the Pharmaceutical Services Division official web sites, www.pharmacy.gov.my for further information.

Source: MyHealth Ministry of Health Malaysia


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