Helpful tips to follow
- #1 Avoid online sources peddling western medicine
All western medicine must be approved by HSA before they can be legally sold in Singapore. They may have names and appearances similar to those sold in clinics or pharmacies, but medicines sold online may have dubious backgrounds and are unlikely to have any form of quality control in their production. As consumers, you have no way of knowing if these sources are safe. Additionally, since these medicines can contain potent medicinal ingredients, it might be dangerous for you to be taking them without proper supervision from your doctor.
- #2 Beware of deals that seem too good to be true
- Some online pharmacies offer free consultation and medication without a PHYSICAL consultation. How reliable does that sound?
- Beware of websites and electronic flyers offering products for sale at significantly lower prices than licensed clinics and pharmacies. Too good to be true? It usually is.
- Spam mail, forum posts and blog shops sometimes promote dealers with no identifiable contact details. Always buy your medicine from licensed clinics and pharmacies.
- #3 Don't be fooled by the claims
- "Scientific" claims - Some products claim to be based on scientific studies and evidence. Some go so far as to reference medical journals that have published research papers on the topic. Unless you can verify these details, always be doubtful, as the so-called "tests" probably were not carried out in the first place.
- "100%" claims - Online dealers who claim that their products are "100% effective" or "100% safe" are unfortunately not painting an accurate picture of things because no product out there is totally free of risk. Also, some of these "natural" or "herbal" products have been found to contain potent medicinal ingredients.
- "Miracle" claims - Consumers should always be wary of products that promise fast results. These usually come at a price which is not stated within the sales pitch.
- "Personal success" claims - marketing gimmicks such as personal testimonials are often employed by online dealers. But regardless of how convincing the testimonials sound, always view them with a little scepticism. They may not even be true accounts.
- #4 See your doctor!
With the wealth of information that is available over the Internet today, the trend nowadays is for people to self-medicate and "play doctor". This might be dangerous because you might misdiagnose your ailment, and by putting off the visit to the doctor, you run the risk of it getting worse. As mentioned before, no product is guaranteed to be risk free, so please, seek advice from a qualified professional and do not attempt to self-medicate.