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Dubai Authorities Warn Against Buying Supplements via Social Media

The UAE's Ministry of Health is warning residents against purchasing homeopathy brands sold on social media

Posted on

24 October 2018

Last updated on 13 November 2018
by Rebecca Roberts
UAE Ministry of Health warns against buying supplements and medicines online

Health authorities in the UAE are warning residents against buying supplements and homeopathy brands on social media.

In an effort to crack down on products sold via social networking sites, the UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has issued a circular warning residents against buying these unregistered products.

Unregistered supplements sold online and via social media frequently find their way onto the timelines of UAE residents using these platforms, but authorities are warning people not to purchase such items being advertised.

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Dr Fatima Murad, Deputy Director of the Medicine Department at MoHAP, said that the warnings were issued against health supplements manufactured in the US by Eight and Company LLC, Sprayology and King Bio, “due to possible microbial contamination”.

The ministry also issued a warning against batch No. 476597 of the "Accu-Chek Performa 50 Test Strips" which may produce high or low false results, Gulf News reported.

There are dangers that come with purchasing medicines online, and officials would like to make clear to UAE residents that fake medical products are constantly advertised on the Internet and social media. In fact, the World Health Organisation (WHO) shared stats that show more than 95 per cent of medicines promoted online are fake and adulterated.

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Working with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), the UAE has succeeded in reducing the spread of fake medicines as a number of websites promoting these items have been blocked in the country. Of course, it's an ongoing effort and so residents should be vigilant and aware of what they're seeing advertised online.

Members of the public can inform The Ministry of Health and Prevention of their concerns related to any medical product by calling +971 2 320 1448 or by emailing [email protected].

The circular also follows the recent news that individuals travelling to the UAE should declare any personal medications prior to arriving.