The Danish Medicines Agency (DMA) has issued a warning against illegal glucosamine medicines being sold on a Danish website owned by a Danish national based in Singapore.
The DMA said the website owner had been issuing debt collection notices to consumers that had sough to return the products after learning they were fakes.
¡°The case has been handed to the police,¡± the head of the agency¡¯s enforcement division, Kim Helleberg-Madsen told NutraIngredients.
But he said the problem that had seen the agency confiscate 1500 boxes of unauthorised glucosamine, was not peculiar to the Danish market.
¡°The broader problem of illegal medicines is a big problem in a lot of countries,¡± he said. ¡°There is a huge problem on the internet.¡±
The DMA warned that consumers who purchase illegal medicines are liable to a DK2500 fine.
It said it considered the Singapore-registered company behind the product, Helse Danmark A/S, to be fake.
¡±We have never seen so many packages of one single medicine from one website imported into Denmark within such a short period of time,¡± says the DMA¡¯s Frank Wendelbo-Madsen.
¡°Unfortunately, sundeled.dk has broken an already sad record in deceiving Danes into purchasing medicines illegally. Consequently, we warn people in order to avoid more Danes being cheated.¡±