(2 Aug 2011) SHOTLIST
Nonthaburi - 2 August 2011
1. Tilt down of officials looking at seized sex pills and toys inside the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) headquarters
2. Close pull focus of counterfeit viagra pills
3. Close of the word "Viagra" on packaging
4. Mid of seized packets of counterfeit viagra
5. Tilt down of officials looking at goods spread out on table
6. Close of packaging for counterfeit Levitra pills
7. Close of various packs of seized goods
8. Close of pills labelled (English) "Strong Boy"
9. Mid of Dr. Pipat Yingseree, Secretary-General of Thailand''s FDA, showing seized counterfeit pills to the media
10. Close of counterfeit viagra in his hand
11. SOUNDBITE (Thai) Dr. Pipat Yingseree, Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Secretary-General:
"If buyers purchase these products from these stalls and use them without medical advice it could be dangerous to their health and even result in death."
12. Wide pan of officials examining seized goods
13. Various of seized goods on display
FILE: Bangkok - November 2003
14. Wide of Bangkok''s "red light" district
15. Mid of neon sign
16. Mid of girls dancing, legs only visible
17. Mid of neon lights advertising karaoke and Thai massage
Thai police presented a haul of counterfeit viagra and other goods to the media on Tuesday, seized from various locations in Bangkok.
The pills - often imported from China and India - are sold "under the counter" and help fuel the city''s notorious sex industry.
They''re the right size, shape and colour. Even the packaging looks convincing, but the only thing that''s real about these pills is the potential threat to buyers, police say.
Thai police raided stalls and shops in the capital last week after complaints from the public.
They seized thousands of boxes of counterfeit viagra, levitra and other sexual stimulants, gels and sprays with an estimated street value of around 16-thousand US dollars.
According to officials at the Food and Drug Administration, the counterfeit drugs often have far higher doses of the active ingredient than is safe; in the case of some fake viagra, they say, as much as ten times the stated amount.
The FDA''s secretary-general, Dr. Pipat Yingseree, said such overdoses could kill.
There are no figures on how many people die in Thailand each year as a result of taking sex pills but it''s often cited as a factor in sudden deaths, especially of visiting males.
As well as the pills, police also seized sex toys, which are illegal in Thailand under obscenity laws.
Bangkok has a well-established sex industry, serving tourists as well as locals.
Some of the stalls and shops raided by police last week were in the Nana district, one of the most notorious red light districts.
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