HSA Removes More Than 3,200 Lists Of Illegal Health Products From Ecommerce Sites, Singapore News & Top Stories
SINGAPORE – More than 3,200 lists of illicit health products on local e-commerce platforms have been removed by authorities in a crackdown.
The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) said in a statement Tuesday, June 8, that the product listings were removed between January and May 2021.
The majority of the deleted lists include prescription drugs for chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol management.
“These were often leftover or unused drugs prescribed to the individual. The vendors claimed they were unaware that these products were prescription drugs that could only be prescribed by doctors,” said the authority, adding that many were first-time sellers.
The HSA said it has also removed lists of lifestyle-related health products such as diet pills, sexual enhancement drugs, and skin whitening cosmetics, which were found by the HSA. authority as having been adulterated with medicinal ingredients or prohibited substances. Some of these lists have also been removed following security alerts issued by foreign regulators.
Sellers have been given warnings and reminded of the regulatory requirements they must comply with, the HSA said.
About 700 of the 3,200 lists were removed during Operation Pangea, an annual international anti-fraud operation targeting the online sale of illicit pharmaceuticals coordinated by Interpol between May 18 and 25.
The HSA said it stepped up its online surveillance of local e-commerce platforms to detect and disrupt the sale of illegal health products during this week.
The enforcement of authority on the ground also continued.
On May 18, the HSA received information about two packages from overseas suspected of containing drugs and medical devices.
Following an inspection of a place of residence, prescription drugs including antibiotics, abortion tablets and oral contraceptives, as well as condoms were found in the unit.
More than 10,000 units of prescription drugs and medical devices intended for local online sale were seized.
Investigations are still ongoing.
The HSA has urged the public to exercise caution when purchasing health products online and only purchase them from the websites of reputable retailers or those with an established retail presence in Singapore. Prescription drugs should be administered by a doctor.
The authority also reminded the public that they should not sell prescription drugs because they are potent products that can cause serious side effects when used without proper medical supervision.
The sale of prescription drugs by people who do not hold the appropriate license is an offense punishable by imprisonment of up to two years, a fine of up to $ 50,000, or penalties. of them.
It is also an offense to supply health products that are falsified or make misleading claims. It carries a prison sentence of up to three years, a fine of up to $ 100,000, or both.
Those who come across illegal, counterfeit, or suspicious health products can contact the HSA Enforcement Branch at 6866-3485 or email email@example.com