April 27, 2006

UK shuts Internet sites selling illegal meds

LONDON (Agence de Presse Medicale) - Several Internet sites
were shut down and arrests made on Wednesday in a coordinated
UK operation against illegal drug sales.

In a statement, the Medicines and Healthcare Products
Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said it had investigated 27 Internet
sites, which were supplying unlicensed medicines claiming to
treat obesity, impotency, herpes and other ailments.

During the raids police officers seized unlicensed
medicines, computers, documents and cash.

"Today's operations were conducted in Reading,
Worcestershire, Hayes, West Drayton, Bedford, Wigan, Halisham,
and Newhaven," the agency said. "The police accompanied the
MHRA officers in a number of cases and arrests were made by the
Sussex Police and Thames Valley Police in connection with
offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act."