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Press release: Raids uncover haul of suspected counterfeit sex drug

Press release

Date: 22 February 2012
Time: 10:00am
Contact: Press Office 020 3080 7651
or press.office@mhra.gsi.gov.uk
Out-of-hours 07770 446 189

Around 28,000 suspected counterfeit erectile dysfunction tablets have been seized by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) enforcement team following coordinated raids at three homes today.

The raids took place as part of Operation Fitzroy with the assistance of Leicestershire Police at homes in Albert Street and Moor Lane in Loughborough along with the Metropolitan Police in Frazier Street, South East London.

As a result two men have been arrested and drugs with an estimated value of £140,000 have been seized. It is suspected that the haul included around 6,000 suspected counterfeit Cialis although this needs to be confirmed by testing.

MHRA Head of Operations, Danny Lee-Frost said “These raids demonstrate the MHRA’s commitment to finding those attempting to deal with falsified medicines and send a very clear message that those responsible will not benefit from their criminality. It is the role of the MHRA to ensure the public have access to acceptably safe medicines and this action has prevented potentially unsafe medicines from reaching the public.”

Notes to Editor

1. The MHRA is the government agency responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work, and are acceptably safe. No product is risk-free. Underpinning all our work lie robust and fact-based judgements to ensure that the benefits to patients and the public justify the risks. We keep watch over medicines and devices, and take any necessary action to protect the public promptly if there is a problem. We encourage everyone – the public and healthcare professionals as well as the industry – to tell us about any problems with a medicine or medical device, so that we can investigate and take any necessary action.
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