Unsafe health products from dubious sources

Health products bought online, from street peddlers or makeshift stalls.
How reliable are they?

Online shopping has steadily gained popularity over the years, and HSA has been observing a steady rise in the number of parcels containing health products being shipped onto local shores. In a study conducted by HSA in 2008, it was discovered that nearly two-thirds of health products purchased online were counterfeit, adulterated or substandard. Health supplements made up the majority of these purchases, with prescription medicines being a close second.

Other potential avenues where one could buy health products from are dubious sources such as back alley peddlers or makeshift stalls. People often purchase from such stalls because it's more convenient and eliminates the hassle of seeing a doctor. More often than not, health products sold through these means are usually priced very cheaply. But it is precisely this factor that should put you on your guard.

As a consumer, it is hard to resist having variety, convenience, cheap bargains and enticing offers, but illegal sellers do not disclose much information about their product - and that lack of information might just KILL YOU!


Consumers are therefore advised not to risk their health for the sake of convenience, lower prices or greater privacy by purchasing health products from dubious or unfamiliar sources such as random Internet websites, or persons postings offers on auction sites, discussion forums and blogs.

Products purchased from these sources pose very high risks of being counterfeit or adulterated with undeclared potent substances that may cause serious harm to consumers. The dangers are especially high if the substances are prescription drugs which should only be taken under close medical supervision.

For more advisory on the dangers of buying health products online, please click here.