TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) confirmed that the herbal product produced by Hadi Pranoto claimed to be able to cure COVID-19 was not equipped with a distribution permit.
“BPOM has never given a distribution license for a product with plain packaging. It is impossible. Products verified by us must have a complete label with its description,” said Mayagustina Andarini, Deputy of Traditional Medicines, Health Supplements, and Cosmetics Monitoring Unit, in an online discussion on Monday, August 10, 2020.
The self-proclaimed expert and professor of microbiology previously said that his herbal medicine could create COVID-19 antibodies to cure patients diagnosed with new coronavirus infection. The statement was made during an interview with musician-turned-YouTuber Erdian Aji Prihartanto, or better known as Anji.
Hadi Pranoto also claimed that his product had been distributed to various regions, including Sumatra, Java, Bali, and Kalimantan.
Maya underlined that products without a distribution permit would be harmful if they were circulated and consumed by the public. So BPOM asked people to be careful before consuming anything, let alone ones with unclear descriptions.
“People should not be easily fooled. Check the name of the product, its composition, manufacturer, and its distribution permit number before consumption. Everything can be checked online via the BPOM website,” said Maya.
Maya said BPOM would keep patrolling products circulating in the community. Business players who sell products while disregarding consumer rights, she went on, can be subject to a crime under the Consumer Protection Law.