A 28-year-old woman in Singapore died suddenly after drinking a purple fruit juice containing steroids daily for six months.
Titinlismawati got ahold of the Malaysian-made drink from a store in Geylang. It is not known which store the deceased bought the drink from.
Malaysian daily, Sinchew, reports that the fruit juice was meant to treat the leg pain she was facing due to her gout. It seemed to be effective in alleviating her pain which was why she kept on taking it.
Her 61-year old father drank the juice for his pain a few times as well and, to his surprise, it went away as well. It worked so well that stopped using it because he was worried that it contained strong ingredients.
However, his daughter carried on taking the drink. On Thursday (21 September), Titinlismawati complained of back pain at night to her family and saw the doctor the next morning.
Her sister found her sweating and struggling to breathe. Her father performed CPR on her while her brother called the ambulance. At the emergency department, her heartbeat was weak, and doctors were losing her after half an hour.
Suspecting the drink as the culprit, the family handed it over to investigating officers to run some tests.
The fruit juice was found to be banned in Malaysia since 2017 and ordered to be removed from shelves. Brunei banned it as well in June this year because it contained Dexamethasone, a potent corticosteroid that has side effects which includes:
- High blood pressure
- Muscular and bone disorders
Here is a list of products affected according to the Bruneian Ministry of Health:
- Jus Sunnah Gold 1001
- Khasiat Jus Alternatif (Malaysia)
- Jus Al Sunnah 1001 Khasiat Jus Alternatif (Malaysia)
- Jus Penawar 1001 Khasiat Jus Alternatif Resdung (Malaysia)
- Herba Saraf Pil Proven Capsule 350mg (France)
- Royal Café Drink (Malaysia)
The Bruneian Ministry of Health said the banned products were found to be “adulterated with undeclared, potent western medicines”.