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Man arrested with £1m in erectile dysfunction drugs

The MHRA found the haul of fake sildenafil citrate and kamagra oral jellies when it raided a property in Slough last week

A man has been arrested in possession of £1 million-worth of unlicensed erectile dysfunction medicines at an address in Slough, the UK medicines watchdog has reported.

Enforcement officers seized approximately half a million doses of the drugs during the raid last week (October 21), and a 37-year-old man was arrested on "suspicion of possessing unauthorised medication and knowing it would be supplied to another person", the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced the following day (October 22).

The individual has been bailed until February 2016, it said.

The haul included around 270,000 sildenafil citrate tablets and 30,000 sachets of kamagra oral jellies, the watchdog told C+D. It is currently investigating how the man was selling the drugs, it added.

MHRA head of operations Danny Lee-Frost said selling unlicensed drugs is "both illegal and poses a serious health hazard".

"Unlicensed medicines can be dangerous as they can contain impurities [and] wrong ingredients, and there is no way of knowing if they are manufactured to ensure acceptable standards of quality and safety," he said.

Mr Lee-Frost added that anyone thinking of selling unlicensed medicines “should be under no illusions”. “We will come and find you,” he stressed.


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