Kuala Lumpur, Jul 5: A Malaysian company in Gombak has been raided for marketing coffee mixture with a secret ingredient that guaranteed to 'perk up' drinkers - later identified as Viagra.
Enforcement officers from the Health Ministry found the direct-selling company used individuals to distribute the product in small quantities to hoodwink authorities.
The secret ingredient was found to be sildenafil, popularly known as Viagra, the purchase of which is allowed only with the presentation of a medical examination report, along with a doctor's recommendation.
"The coffee mixture had been distributed in sachets nationwide. Officers found 900 boxes containing more than 9,000 sachets of the coffee mixture which retailed for more than RM80 per box," the New Straits Times Online quoted a ministry spokesman as saying.
The spokesman continued, "Investigations revealed that the distributor attempted to mislead the public by claiming that the coffee mixture could provide an energy boost, besides being beneficial for men."
He added, "A coffee mixture containing the dangerous chemical is sold for between RM5 and RM10 per sachet compared with coffee mixtures which retail for between RM1 and RM2 per sachet."