More people are diagnosing their medical problems and buying medicines online – boosting the growing trade in fake and illegitimate drugs supplied without a prescription.
Enforcement agencies warned that those taking the drugs are risking their health, as they launched an international operation to tackle the problem.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulation Agency (MHRA) says more than a million doses of medicines worth approximately £2m have been seized from the UK’s postal service and ports during its latest crackdown.
Areas to think about:
- What are some of the health risks posed by counterfeit or grey import medications?
- What are some of the risks posed by using medications supplied without prescription?
- What is the best way to control the supply of illegal medications into the UK? Is it possible to do so any more effectively than with illegal drugs in general?