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Thousands of illegal erectile dysfunction drugs seized in Scunthorpe

More than 60,000 doses of unlicensed erectile dysfunction medicines seized by MHRA enforcement officers.


Enforcement officers from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have seized more than 62,000 doses of unlicensed erectile dysfunction medicines during raids at addresses in Scunthorpe today.

The illegal and potentially dangerous unlicensed medicines have an estimated street value of nearly £200,000.

Alastair Jeffrey, MHRA Head of Enforcement, said:

Selling unlicensed medicines is illegal and poses a serious health hazard.

Unlicensed medicines can be dangerous as they may contain impurities, incorrect ingredients, and there is no way of knowing if they are manufactured to acceptable standards of quality and safety.

Criminals involved in the illegal supply of medical products aren’t interested in your health - they are only interested in your money.

Be careful buying medicines online – only buy from a site that is registered with MHRA and displays the new EU common logo.

MHRA will continue to track down and prosecute those who put the public’s health at risk.


Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency is responsible for regulating all medicines and medical devices in the UK by ensuring they work and are acceptably safe. All our work is underpinned by robust and fact-based judgements to ensure that the benefits justify any risks. MHRA is a centre of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency which also includes the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) and the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD). MHRA is an executive agency of the Department of Health.

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Published 27 April 2016
Last updated 27 April 2016 + show all updates
  1. Corrected figures of number of doses seized and value.
  2. First published.