HSA has compiled a list of detected and tested illegal health products for consumers and healthcare professionals who may wish to obtain more information.
Database is not exhaustive
The database is not exhaustive and will be periodically updated as HSA discovers more adulterated, counterfeit and substandard health products. It is intended as a guide to alert consumers and healthcare professionals on some of the adulterated, counterfeit and substandard health products detected by HSA so far.
It is important to note that products can enter any country under different names, packaging or forms. Thus, a product should not be considered as safe merely on the basis that it is not reflected in the database or not available for search.
Counterfeit products may look exactly the same as the real versions
Counterfeit products may look exactly the same as the real versions. Thus consumers should not rely on product packaging to ascertain if they are counterfeit. The best way for consumers to avoid subjecting themselves to unnecessary health risks would be to strictly refrain from buying from any dubious sources.
Information on illegal health products
The product details and test results reflected in the database are based strictly on the information obtained from the actual physical samples as well as the analytical findings of the illegal health products, which were investigated or seized by HSA in Singapore. These may or may not be the same as other products with similar sounding names, packaging or product details marketed over the Internet or in other overseas jurisdictions.
Content of illegal products may vary
The type of contaminants or adulterants may vary from batch to batch, box to box or even pill to pill in view that adulterated, counterfeit and substandard health products are manufactured with no proper quality control. This explains why it is not surprising that the same product may display different analytical findings in the search results, since they have been tested to contain different substances on different occasions.
Even if you have taken this product previously without much problems, remember that there is always a risk that the illegal health product that you are currently taking may contain dangerous content that can cost your life this time round.