Illegally imported Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine tablets seized in Singapore

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SINGAPORE — In less than four weeks, officers from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) have seized over 23,000 tablets of the anti-parasite pharmaceutical drug ivermectin.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday (Oct 19), ICA said that between Sept 10 and Oct 6, its officers at the Changi Airfreight Centre and Airmail Transit Centre (Air Cargo Command) have foiled five attempts to illegally import the drug into Singapore.

“The buyers had either failed to declare the items or had declared them as ‘healthcare products’,” ICA said.

Besides the ivermectin tablets, ICA also seized 2,000 tablets of hydroxycloroquine and 2,048 tablets of mycophenolate mofetil on Oct 2.

An anti-malaria drug, hydroxycloroquine has been touted as a potential treatment against Covid-19. A Singapore study in April found that consuming the drug has been found to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection in high transmission settings.

ICA stressed that the importations it seized had not been authorised by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) and the attempts were detected by officers who had noticed anomalies in the scanned images of the parcels.

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