Rise in medicines sold online

Buying prescription medicines online without a prescription is becoming more popular according to pharmacists.

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Counterfeit drugs: Facts and figures

  • 2.3 million doses of unlicensed medicines were seized by the MHRA in conjunction with the UK Border Force, including 68,000 doses of counterfeit medicines
  • The MHRA said more than 384 websites were suspended in the UK and a further 120 domain names were shut down
  • 50% of pharmacists know customers who have admitted getting prescription-only medicines through illicit online sources
  • 85% of respondents strongly agreed there are health risks by bypassing the legitimate healthcare system
  • 73% of pharmacists felt that over recent years, there has been a rise in the number of people getting prescription-only medicine online.

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