On 5 October 2021, The Straits Times interviewed Kalco Law LLC Director, James Ow Yong, in an article on the potential criminal penalties one could face in making false claims or statements leading on alternative medical treatments against Covid-19.
Journalist Osmond Chia reported this in the wake of a 65-year-old grandmother was hospitalised after taking ivermectin on the urging of her friends to protect herself from Covid-19. Further, Journalist Osmond Chia noted that HSA had made repeated warnings that ordering ivermectin to treat Covid-19 that it is dangerous and illegal.
James shared that those who give advice without basis or provide ivermectin with such advice may be found guilty of causing hurt by a rash or negligent act under the Penal Code. By claiming that ivermectin can provide protection from Covid-19 while knowing or having reason to believe that the claim is false, the individual may be found guilty of communication of a false statement.
On a relevant note, even if ivermectin or any other drug was ordered from an overseas supplier, an individual making the consolidated order may be considered to be a wholesaler selling ivermectin without a licence.
James urge the public that while there are laws in place, it is important that discernment and verification of information and the sources are verified before acting on any advice given and “ultimately, prevention is better than cure… especially when their personal health and safety is at stake”.