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MHRA seizes huge haul of unlicensed medicines

23 October 2015  •  Author: Victoria White

Enforcement officers from the Medicines and Health products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have seized nearly £1 million worth of unlicensed erectile dysfunction medicines from an address in Slough.


A 37 year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of an unauthorised medication, knowing or believing it would be supplied to another person. He has been bailed until 10 February 2016.

MHRA Head of Operations, Danny Lee-Frost said, “Selling unlicensed medicines is both illegal and poses a serious health hazard. Anyone thinking of committing this fraud should be under no illusions – we will come and find you.

“Criminals involved in the illegal supply of medical products aren’t interested in your health – they are only interested in your money.”

Unlicensed medicines can be dangerous

Danny Lee-Frost continued: “People should think very carefully before purchasing pills on the internet because you have no idea what you may be taking or where they come from. To protect your health, visit your GP, get a correct diagnosis and buy medicines from a legitimate high street or registered pharmacy which can trade online.

“Unlicensed medicines can be dangerous as they can contain impurities, wrong ingredients, and there is no way of knowing if they are manufactured to ensure acceptable standards of quality and safety.”

MHRA has said it will continue to work with UK law enforcement agencies to crack down on those who put the public health at risk.

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