In June 2023, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) participated in a one-week INTERPOL-led, internet-based operation involving 16 member countries targeting the sale of illegal health products.
The HSA announced that it had removed over 2,000 listings of illegal health products from local e-commerce platforms and detected over 300 parcels shipped into Singapore from overseas containing illegal sexual enhancement products during a week of intensified surveillance from 1 June to 7 June 2023.
- Sellers and suppliers of health products should note that anyone who supplies health products in Singapore that are adulterated, counterfeit or have been tampered with may face a fine of up to SGD 100,000 and/or imprisonment for up to three years.
In more detail
On 21 June 2023, the HSA announced that over 2,000 product listings of illegal health products were removed from e-commerce platforms and 360 parcels of illegal health products were investigated during a one-week period.
From 1 June 2023 to 7 June 2023, the HSA intensified its online surveillance of local e-commerce platforms and of parcels coming in through Singapore’s borders.
The removed product listings and illegal sexual enhancement products seized by the HSA include various brands of unregistered, prescription-only medicines and sexual enhancement products which had previously been tested and found to be adulterated.
Sellers and suppliers have been reminded not to sell prescription medicines and medical devices on e-commerce platforms, or health products that are adulterated or carry misleading claims.
The HSA also cautioned the public to be wary of products making exaggerated sexual enhancement claims and to obtain prescription-only medicines for chronic conditions only through consultation with a doctor.
The full HSA announcement may be found here.
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