Singapore: HSA issues several retail-level recalls of therapeutic products and Chinese proprietary medicines in breach of applicable regulations

In brief

In the month of August 2022, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) issued several retail-level recalls in respect of therapeutic products and Chinese proprietary medicines that were in breach of applicable healthcare regulations.


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Key takeaways

  • Sellers and suppliers should note that health products must be in line with applicable healthcare regulations.
  • Anyone found to have supplied therapeutic products that are adulterated may be imprisoned for up to three years and/or fined up to SGD 100,000 upon conviction.
  • Anyone found to have supplied Chinese proprietary medicines that are adulterated may be imprisoned for up to two years and/or fined up to SGD 5,000 upon conviction.  

In more detail

In August 2022, the HSA issued product recalls in relation to the following products:

  • Apo-Acyclovir Tablet 800mg Tablets, as such tablets was found to contain impurities above the acceptable level
  • Lorazepam Injection 4mg/ml, as out-of-specification results were observed during testing of samples for the affected batch
  • GINCARE-60 Film Coated Tablet 銀之杏60, due to the detection of ibuprofen, a prohibited substance

Hospitals, clinics and retail and wholesale suppliers have been instructed to stop supplying the affected batches of such products and to return the remaining stocks to the respective companies.  

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