Illegal Toad Venom Pills

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag

A 79-year-old San Franciscan was charged with selling Chinese cold remedies that contained toxic substances, including arsenic, bufotenine and toad venom, according to the U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag.

The pills, “Six God Tablets” or “Six Spirit Pills,” were sold as traditional Chinese remedies for colds and flu from Edward Feng’s Holistic Healing Center, but allegedly contained potentially dangerous chemicals.

He was accused of introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce and arrested May 24.  He was released on a $10,000 personal appearance bond and will be back in court May 27.

The complaint alleges the Food and Drug Administration tested the pills after a woman complained the pills made her ill.  Tests allegedly found the toad venom and arsenic.  The woman complained she developed an ear ache and her hands swelled, according to the government.

 Case:  CR11-70565 EMC (N. Dist. Calif.)

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