Officials have discovered an illegal medicine factory and a factory that has been repackaging used medical gloves for sale. Police Lieutenant General Permpun Chidchop the Assistant Commissioner-General and officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported the discovery of an illegal medicine factory producing the herbal medicine brand “Jindamanee”. Officials searched factories in Maha Sarakham Province, Kamphaeng Phet Province, Khon Kaen Province, Phitsanulok Province, and Lopburi Province.
Officials seized 400,000 packages of Jindamanee medicine worth over 100,000 THB. The suspects will be prosecuted on charges of producing and selling fake herbal medicine. Punishment is imprisonment not exceeding 3 years, a fine not exceeding 300,000 THB, or both. The suspects are also facing charges of producing or selling unregistered herbal medicine. Punishment is imprisonment not exceeding 1 year, a fine not exceeding 100,000 THB, or both.
Officials also searched for a company named Pantyod Health Planet in Nong Khaem District, Bangkok. Officials discovered and seized over 900,000 pairs of used medical gloves worth almost 10 million THB. The company has repackaged the used gloves into new boxes ready for sale. Police received information claiming that the factory has been reselling used Nitrile gloves in brand new boxes. Pantayod Akamornrapong the company’s president, has been arrested for violating the Medical Device Act. B.E. 2551. The factory is not registered with a punishment of imprisonment not exceeding 1 year, a fine not exceeding 300,000 THB or both. The gloves have been collected and sent in for a standard test, turns out the gloves do not meet standards set by the government.
Pharmacist Supatra Bunserm reported that Jindamanee herbal medicine has been on the market since 2017. It is very popular amongst elders as the medicine takes away muscle aches. Inside the “herbal” medicine are steroids and painkillers. Long term use can result in osteoporosis, gastritis, and can be life-threatening. The used medical gloves are imported into the country and repackaged to look brand new. Consumers are advised to purchase gloves with clear information about the company and where it was made.