AS MUCH as 30 per cent of health products purchased online could contain dangerous adulterants.

This finding was revealed in an ongoing study by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) in collaboration with SingPost.

The study, which was begun in July, monitors and tests suspicious parcels that contain health products entering Singapore.

The figure was announced by HSA, which also completed a week-long crackdown this week on online sellers who illegally peddle prescription drugs or counterfeit products.

The health products most commonly bought over the Internet include slimming pills and drugs used to treat sexual disorders such as erectile dysfunction. Consumers might be buying such products online because of the social stigma attached, which makes them reluctant to talk to doctors about their conditions, said HSA.

Online platforms for pharmaceuticals also offer products that might not be available locally.

Beware buying drugs online