! The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) of Britain has announced the successful raid of several rogue online prescription drug peddlers. The raid, coordinated by INTERPOL, occurred last Wednesday and targeted web-based operations in nine countries that were selling prescription-only medications without the proper authority to do so. The sites offered medications for conditions ranging from diabetes, to male impotence, to obesity without requiring a valid prescription and without being licensed. Besides the fact that such transactions are potentially very harmful depending on the integrity of the drugs and a patient’s medical history, the raid also has larger implications. In carrying out this raid, the MHRA and other involved organizations have shown that the International community will not tolerate rogue Internet pharmacies.
The MHRA stated that they have contacted the appropriate Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to have these sites taken down. LegitScript is hopeful that these ISPs will follow the lead of others, like Directi, which have responded to LegitScript’s alerts of similar sites by swiftly taking them down.
LegitScript strongly supports an international approach in combating the ever-growing problem of these, essentially, online drug dealers. To get an idea of the scope of the problem, read on:
“In many countries, the abuse and trafficking of prescription drugs now equals or exceeds the use of illicitly manufactured heroin, cocaine, amphetamine and opioids”, according to the Vienna-based International Narcotics Control Board.
LegitScript applauds the efforts of the MHRA to keep illegal prescription drugs off the online market.