£34m worth of illegal medicines 'seized'

£34m worth of medicine has been supplied illegally, the Agency said Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have announced that in the past five years, officials have seized more than £34m worth of medicine supplied illegally.

A group of health organisations have launched the Real Danger campaign to raise awareness about the risks of buying prescription medicines online through unregulated channels without a prescription.

Officials warned that unlicensed or fake medicines could contain harmful ingredients such as arsenic and could potentially be lethal.

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