New Zealand's medical regulatory body Medsafe has warned the public not to purchase medications online after it joined hands with Customs in conducting a crackdown on substandard, illegal or counterfeit medicines.
More than 300 packages of medicines were seized in the joint crackdown, conducted in conjunction with the Interpol, with majority of the medicines either weight loss, insomnia or diabetes drugs.
Majority of the medicines came from India, United States and China.
"We're more concerned about other types of products coming in, and especially prescription medicines that people are receiving without a doctor's prescription. People who have medical conditions should really go and see their doctor, and have a proper diagnosis made, discuss what medicines might be useful for them, get a prescription and go to their local pharmacy", Medsafe Manager of Compliance Management Derek Fitzgerald said.