Only medical practitioners and pharmacists are allowed to dispense cough medicines, The Ministry of Health (MOH) says.
Its director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the preparation and sale of cough mixtures should also comply with provisions of the Poisons Act 1952.
"The MOH would like to emphasise that the preparation of any form of cough medicine containing scheduled poisons is controlled under the Poisons Act 1952. As such sale of these cough medicines is only allowed for medical purposes," he said.
The statement was issued following a news article entitled "ResipiBunuhDiri" on Feb 24 which touched on the sale and abuse of cough mixtures used as ingredients for preparing ‘mrchakoroi', a mixture of ketum juice and carbonated drinks.
According to Dr Noor Hisham, the Pharmacy Enforcement Division had also conducted inspections on premises suspected of selling cough medicines for non-medical purposes nationwide, on Aug 22, 2017 following complaints received.