KKM receives more than 50 complaints on online abortion pills

FILE PHOTO: Pharmaceutical tablets and capsules are arranged on a table in a photo illustration shot September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic/Illustration/File Photo

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry (KKM) has received 51 complaints on online sales of abortion pill in 2018 and 2019 which could be abused for illegal abortion as its usage is banned in the country.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement yesterday said 24 raids targeting the product were conducted from 2016 to 2019 involving seizures worth RM95,233.

“During the same period, 302 websites were detected violating regulations enforced by KKM and from the total, 98 websites were sent to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to be blocked,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham added that KKM via the Pharmacy Enforcement Division had also sent notifications to e-commerce platforms based in Malaysia to bring down advertisements on abortion pills.

He also said the pills were also acquired illegally from abroad via online or smuggled by sending them to the buyer using postal and courier services.

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