David Antley, of Dovecot, Liverpool, was sentenced yesterday at Liverpool Crown Court for the importation and supply of substantial quantities of unauthorised medicines.
MHRA investigators raided Antley’s property and seized more than 13,900 doses of unlicensed erectile dysfunction medicines worth more than £40,000.
Antley pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 20 weeks imprisonment (concurrent to all counts).
MHRA is currently running the #FakeMeds campaign to warn people against buying potentially dangerous or useless unlicensed medicines sold by illegal online suppliers.
MHRA Head of Enforcement, Alastair Jeffrey, said:
Selling unlicensed medicines is illegal and can pose a serious risk to health.
Unlicensed medicines can be dangerous as their contents are unknown and untested. Chances are they simply will not work, but they may contain dangerous ingredients. The consequences for your health can be devastating.
Criminals involved in the illegal supply of medical products aren’t interested in your health - they are only interested in your money.
MHRA will continue to track down and prosecute those who put the public’s health at risk.
Visit www.gov.uk/fakemeds for tips on buying medicines safely online and how to avoid unscrupulous sites.