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Essex man jailed for illegal erectile dysfunction drug sales

The MHRA seized nearly £900,000 worth of drugs that were in transport to storage facilities that Mr Amin owned

Sundeep Amin, 57, of Abercorn Gardens, Romford pleaded guilty to 21 counts of importing, possessing and supplying unlicensed medicines

An Essex man who illegally sold erectile dysfunction drugs imported from India has been jailed for 16 months.

Fifty-seven year old Sundeep Amin of Abercorn Gardens, Romford rented “a number of storage facilities” across Essex and the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) seized “several large quantities” of erectile dysfunction drugs that were en route to these facilities, including one haul at Heathrow airport worth £100,000, the medicines watchdog said.

Mr Amin pleaded guilty to 21 counts of importing, possessing and supplying unlicensed medicines over “several years” after MHRA officers seized nearly £900,000 of illegal medicines in total, it said.

Mr Amin – who had “several companies registered in his name” – also admitted to laundering money he made by illegally supplying the drugs, and to possessing a “large quantity” of the controlled drug phenazepam. He was sentenced on Friday (August 14) at Southwark Crown Court, the MHRA said.

He had “no medical qualifications” and therefore posed a “lethal” risk to the public, MHRA head of enforcement Alastair Jeffrey said.

“It is further proof that if you buy medication from an illicit source, you are handing over money to a criminal who has no regard for your wellbeing."


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geoffrey gardener, Community pharmacist

The guy will serve eight months for what sounds like a lucrative venture that has been going on for years probably come out to a nice little "pension pot", who says crime doesn't pay

London Locum, Locum pharmacist

Risk was probably worth the reward. Meanwhile Pharmacists plod along $20k per annum and still have risk of prosecution over their head and daily crap from public and other health professionals.

Far be it from me to be a pedant, but the headline suggests that it was a drug for "illegal erectile dysfunction". I am not aware that erectile dysfunction has been criminalised. Whatever happened to good English grammar? Yours faithfully "Angry of Tunbridge Wells"

Stephen Eggleston, Community pharmacist

A hardened criminal!

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