CIB breaks up ring allegedly selling phony sexual enhancement drugs
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A criminal ring accused of distributing sexual enhancement drugs via cable television infomercials was dismantled by authorities yesterday, according to the Criminal Investigation Bureau.
February 5, 2013, 12:14 am TWN
The ring had been selling purportedly SGS-certified medication under the guise of several brands and dummy biotechnology companies setup by its ringleaders on cable TV infomercials, according to police. They were doing so without prescription verification, police added.
The medication in question contained N-ethyltadalafil and Nortadalafil, chemical variants of Tadalafil — the active ingredient in popular erectile dysfunction medication Cialis.
The distribution of regulated medications without prescription and the approval of the Food and Drug Administration (食品藥物管理局) is illegal.
The ring's activities caught the attention of the National Communications Commission (NCC, 國家傳播委員會), who began to monitor the televised content and notified the authorities once sufficient evidence had been established, said police.
In simultaneous raids of the ring's dummy biotechnology company offices located in Luzhou (蘆洲) and Yunlin (雲林), the authorities uncovered over 300,000 pills — representing a market value exceeding NT$15 million.
Police urge the public to not purchase medicine of unclear and dubious origin as it may place one's health at risk.