Understand the requirements to import, manufacture or sell health supplements in Singapore. A health supplement is a product that is used to supplement a diet with benefits beyond those of normal nutrients, and to support or maintain the healthy functions of the human body. It cannot be an injectable or a preparation that needs to be sterile, such as injections and eyedrops. It cannot be an item of a meal or diet. A health supplement must also contain one or more, or a combination of the following ingredients.
Sign up now. All qualified medical expenses are permitted to be claimed under a Health Spending Account HSA and these include things most people would expect: prescription drugs, dental care, and eye care. However, if an HSA owner gets a prescription for an over-the-counter drug, it is a qualified medical expense. As an aside, an exception to the general rule that OTC drugs are not eligible is insulin. Generally, weight-loss supplements, nutritional supplements, and vitamins are used for general health and are not qualified HSA expenses. HSA owners usually cannot include the cost of diet food or beverages in medical expenses because these substitute for what is normally consumed to satisfy nutritional needs. Although over-the-counter drugs are generally not eligible HSA expenses, over-the-counter items that are not medicines still qualify.
Dietary supplements are typically not eligible, unless to treat a specific illness. The IRS observed that sometimes doctors will recommend meal replacements, dietary supplements and special foods as substitutes for foods normally consumed by individuals. Even if the reason is obesity, which can be considered a disease, these items are not reimbursable because they are food substitutes and everyone needs to eat. Depending on the patient’s condition and medical needs, some dietary supplements are eligible with a prescription with a flexible spending account FSA or health savings account HSA, but they may also be eligible for reimbursement with a Letter of Medical Necessity LMN with a flexible spending account FSA, health savings account HSA and health reimbursement arrangement HRA. Dietary supplements is an umbrella term for a wide range of meal replacements, vitamins and special foods that contain a dietary ingredient meant to add further nutritional value to a patient’s diet. These supplements can be found in numerous forms, including tablets, softgels, liquids, powders and capsules. An important distinction to keep in mind about dietary supplement eligibility is that these products are not designed to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure diseases, a classification that is essential in determining a product or service’s eligibility with consumer-directed healthcare accounts. Conversely, dietary supplements are designed to give patients the vital substances that the body needs to function properly, which could in turn help to reduce the likelihood of certain diseases.