A Southall man has been sentenced to 20 months imprisonment on eight counts of possession and supply of significant quantities of unauthorised and unlicensed erectile dysfunction medicines. Gurinder Bharaj, of Southall, West London, appeared at Isleworth Crown Court on 8th September after investigators from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) raided a property of his in Ealing where more than 100,000 individual doses of unlicensed erectile dysfunction medicines worth more than £30,000 were uncovered and seized. A smaller quantity of prescription medication was also seized.
Following an initial hearing Bharaj pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment with immediate effect (concurrent to all counts). He was also ordered to pay a £75 victim surcharge. MHRA head of enforcement, Alastair Jeffrey, said: “Selling unlicensed medicines is illegal and can pose a serious risk to health. The fact that a medicine is unauthorised means that it has not been subjected to the regulatory scrutiny and quality assurances required to get a license. These products can be dangerous as their contents are unknown and untested and the consequences for your health can be devastating. MHRA will continue to track down and prosecute those who put the public’s health at risk.”
MHRA is currently running the #FakeMeds campaign to warn people against buying potentially dangerous or useless unlicensed medicines sold by illegal online suppliers.