Sunday, December 27, 2009

UK Gets Tough with Bogus Drug Website Operators

Those operating bogus online pharmacies could face stiffer penalties, up to 12 years jail time under a new law developed by Britain’s Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Specific criminal sentences for counterfeiting medicines are to be introduced in the UK. Convicted individuals would face a maximum penalty of 10-12 years' imprisonment, the agency has announced. Individuals could be found guilty of either supplying or offering to supply counterfeit medicines.

Stronger enforcement is in answer to the increase of counterfeit medicines in the United Kingdom. Earlier this year a British newspaper survey indicated that one out of four general practitioners believes they have treated a victim of counterfeit drugs.

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