The second largest formulator of dietary supplements in the world feels the pain globally, after its license was suspended in Australia in late April.
It is widely felt in industry circles that this suspension was overly harsh, particularly considering that the quality control problems that initiated the ban were primarily confined to a pharmaceutical product, rather than natural healthcare products which form the mainstay of the company's business.
The ban has already resulted in the withdrawal of some 1500 healthcare products in Australia.
The following statement was released by the Food Standard Agency on 20 June 2003:
The Food Standards Agency is today updating information on products made by the Australian company Pan Pharmaceuticals, some of which have been on sale in the UK. The company, which made food supplements, herbal products and medicines, had its manufacturing licence suspended by the Australian authorities due to a series of serious safety and quality control breaches.
The Agency is not aware of any health problems reported in connection with the food supplements, non-licensed medicines and herbal products that have been supplied to the UK by Pan Pharmaceuticals. However, as a precautionary measure, anyone who has any of the products listed below should not use them as there are uncertainties surrounding their production.
While these products should no longer be on sale, this cannot be guaranteed, and people may still have some in their homes. The Agency has been liaising with food supplement importers, trade associations and local authorities to get the most up-to-date and accurate information on these products. Details are given below.
Food supplements manufactured by Pan Pharmaceuticals and known to have been distributed to UK since May 2002
Kordel's Celery 3000 Kordel's Echinacea 6000 tablets Kordel's Echinacea/garlic tablets Kordel's Garlic 3000 Kordel's Glucosamine & Ginger Complex Kordel's Intestoactive Kordel's Juniortime tablets Kordel's Just for Women tablets Kordel's Megatime Multi's tablets Kordel's MSM, Glucosamine and Silica tablets Kordel's Nutritime Kordel's Quiet Time Kordel's Silica 500 Kordel's Sports Multi's tablets
Healthwise Acid-free C tablets Healthwise Bee Slim Healthwise Calcium 223mg Healthwise Dolomite 500mg tablets Healthwise High Potency Multi Vit & Minerals Healthwise Pantothenic Acid B5 Healthwise Selenium 25 & ACE Healthwise Space Vits tablets Healthwise Vitamin B6 Healthwise Vitamin C 1000mg Healthwise Vitamin C 500mg Healthwise Zinc Gluconate
Products that only have specific batch numbers affected Thompson Calcium for Women tablets, batch number 6081 Thompson Cod Liver Oil capsules, batch number 6160 Thompson Menopause Support capsules, batch number 6027 Thompson Pregnaforte, batch number 6085/6061 Thompson Skin Hair & Nails capsules, batch number 5497 Thompson Women's Multi tablets, batch number 6083
Other products possibly supplied to UK: no information on UK distribution known Pan Pharmaceuticals Joint Ease Formula tablet Pan Pharmaceuticals New Bowel Care capsule Pan Pharmaceuticals Vein-X tablet Pan Pharmaceuticals MobilEze Forte capsule
NB: there are other similarly named products on sale, but only those with these specific brand names are affected.