Can you buy parallel-imported drugs?
There are pharmacies in the market selling drugs that claim to be produced by the same pharmaceutical company but are sold overseas. The packaging of the “overseas version” of the drug is also similar to the local ones.
Is it safe to buy these drugs?
The HKAPI strongly urges the public not to buy drugs with such claims, because:
Incorrect handling procedures
Identify counterfeit drugs with registration number
All drugs must be registered with a registration number printed on the package before they can be sold in Hong Kong. The product registration number consists of “HK-” followed by a five-digit number, i.e., “HK-XXXXX
To avoid purchasing unregistered drugs, the public can verify whether the registration number on the package matches the drug to avoid purchasing unregistered drugs. You could verify through the following ways: