Adj. Comr. Yuni Purwanti, who heads the force's drug and narcotics investigation unit, told reporters that the police found 35 types of drugs and cosmetics with no details of companies producing them, expiry date or ingredients.
The products were also not registered by the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM).
Besides counterfeit soap, whitening cream and other beauty care products, police also seized drugs like Amoxicilin, Pyrazinamide, Ethambutol, Sandoz and Primadex Forte – all of which can only be acquired with a doctor's prescription.
“The sellers didn’t place the drugs at the counter, but if anyone asked, they would give it," Yuni said. "We also found sexual stimulants, which aren't supposed to be available at such drug stores.”
The drugs and cosmetics will be brought to the BPOM to be analyzed and the owners of the stores are being questioned by the police.
Some prescribed drugs are commonly sold in Indonesian pharmacies. However, many types of drugs are also sold at unregistered small drug stores all over the nation, which not only prescribed drugs, but also unregistered cosmetics and beauty care products that may contain harmful chemicals.