HSA seizes over 11,000 units of illegal health products
Western medicines, slimming products and contact lens (below) were among the 11,000 units of illegal health products seized by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) during Operation Pangea.
This is the 8th year that the HSA has taken part in the week-long enforcement action coordinated by Interpol.
Intensified surveillance of local Internet platforms helped the HSA track down the illegal products that were being sold online in Singapore.
Part of their haul included 400 capsules of an unlicensed medicine labelled as Viagra (below), which was promoted as a sexual enhancement drug.
The medicine was found to contain sildenafil, a medicinal ingredient which can cause serious adverse effects when used without proper supervision.
An unlicensed weight loss medicine labelled as Duromine was also seized by the HSA.
In addition, the HSA works closely with e-commerce sites such as Carousell and Qoo10 to remove posts selling illegal health products.
The HSA has warned consumers against purchasing health products from dubious sources and to be careful when buying these products online as they may be illegal, counterfeit or substandard, and may contain undeclared ingredients.