Doctor issues warning on fake Viagra sales

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 February, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 February, 2001, 12:00am
 

A doctor warned yesterday that over-the-counter sales of fake Viagra tablets were 'getting out of control'. Kwong Wah Hospital consultant urologist Dr Andrew Yip Wai-chun said in the past three months one out of 10 patients prescribed Viagra each week had complained of being sold fake tablets at local dispensaries.


Dr Yip displayed two boxes of fake tablets and said he suspected the active ingredient was sugar. The tablets were purportedly imported from Malaysia and Australia. Dr Yip said the patients not only suffered financial losses - a box of four Viagra tablets costs $280 to $370 - but also suffered the consequences of not being treated. He said the fake pills cost about $10 to make.


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