2nd April 2020
The MHRA reported that over 34,000 unlicensed and fake products, advertised as 'corona spray', 'coronavirus medicines' or, 'coronaviruses packages' were seized. They did not find any of the coronavirus related products had reached the UK in this operation.
In the UK, the MHRA and the UK Border Force found 870,000 doses of unlicensed medicines. They also took down 300 websites and removed 1,000 social media adverts online offering medicines illegally. The fake medicines included anti-depressants, erectile dysfunction tablets, painkillers and anabolic steroids.
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Food Labelling Services comments
Although we do not review medicines for legal compliance, the authorities will also review Food Supplements and the Nutrition and Health Claims that are being declared. It is imperative that all Nutrition and Health claims are authorised and conditions fulfilled, as detailed on the Nutrition and Health Claims Register (NHCR). It is encouraging that the fake medicines and devices linked to coronavirus had not found their way to the UK, but all traders in food suplements should ensure that any products that they sell conform to all relevant regulations. If in doubt, we can advise and please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org