The Health Ministry’s pharmaceutical crime department this week found that a "Chinese medicine clinic" in Umm el-Fahm claiming to market "natural diet products" in fact sold sibutramine, an illegal chemical that caused customers side effects. The ministry said on Thursday that the director of the clinic falsely claimed he was a "Chinese medicine doctor" and that he also sold erectile-dysfunction (impotence) preparations that were "counterfeit."

On Monday, the pharmaceutical crime unit and and the police raided the clinic, and the owner -- who had no documents to prove he was a doctor -- was arrested.

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