Record ‘fake drugs’ seized by UK agency

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Record fake drugs seized !

Dangerous counterfeit and unlicensed medicines worth nearly £16m have been seized in a record haul by the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Slimming pills, drugs for erectile dysfunction and cancer medicines were taken in a series of raids.
The MHRA said criminals were making money at the expense of people’s health and it was a growing problem.
Nearly 1,400 websites were closed as part of the operation.
Seven suspects are now under investigation.
The seizures were part of Operation Pangea – an international clampdown on the illegal trade in fake medicines by 115 countries.
In the UK, 6.2 million doses or medical devices were seized, worth £15.8m. Internationally, £51.6m of goods were taken.
Items seized in the UK included:

  • two million doses of erectile dysfunction drugs
  • slimming drugs – some of which can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes
  • narcolepsy pills
  • abortion pills
  • diabetes medication
  • hair-loss drugs
  • cancer medicines, particularly for breast and prostate
  • medical devices, including fake condoms and dental laboratories

SOURCE: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, news release, June 18, 2015 / BBC article