The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has seized £2 million worth of counterfeit medicines and medical devices as part of Operation Pangea, an initiative involving 116 counties.
Drugs that have been seized include unlicensed dermal fillers, diazepam and modafinil.
As well as property raids, the team in charge of Operation Pangea has also targeted websites that offer ‘falsified and unlicensed medical products.’
Alastair Jeffrey, MHRA head of enforcement, said “Criminals who sell medicines over the internet have absolutely no regard for your health and taking medicine which is ether falsified or unlicensed puts you at risk of serious harm.”
He added, “To protect health, we recommend to the public to visit their GP, get a correct diagnosis and buy medicines from a legitimate high street or registered pharmacy which can trade online with a distance selling logo.”