Updated: 04/08/2014 23:23

HSA sounds alert on 'Herbal Health Jointcare' found to contain undeclared ingredients including a steroid

Photo: HSA

Photo: HSA

The Health Sciences Authority, HSA, has sounded the alert against a health product which was found to contain five undeclared potent western medicinal ingredients including a steroid. 

The product 'Herbal Health Jointcare' is marketed for the relief of joint pain associated with conditions such as rheumatism and arthritis. 

It's sold by Ace Nutrition International over the Internet and at their premises at Kallang Pudding Road. 

HSA had since seized the product from the company and stopped all sales of the product. 

It was alerted to the product after receiving two reports of rapid pain relief associated with its use. 

One of them, a woman in her 60s, experienced pain relief within two days after taking the product for frozen shoulder and joint pains. 

She informed her doctor and related similar experiences by her friends who consumed the same product. 

She's currently under review by her doctor for potential liver injury which could be related to the consumption of the product. 

HSA says those taking the product are advised to consult a doctor as soon as possible. 

Due to the presence of the undeclared potent steroid in the product, consumers should seek medical advice before stopping the product on their own. 

It could result in serious steroid withdrawal symptoms, such as confusion and low blood pressure. 

HSA will take strong enforcement actions against those engaged in the sale and supply of illegal health products. 

Anyone found selling complementary health products containing western medicinal ingredients faces a penalty fine of up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment for a period of up to two years under the Poisons Act.

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