Three Indian-origin men were sentenced on Monday (7) at Southwark Crown Court for their part in illegally supplying potentially dangerous prescription-only drugs.
Jagdiep Dhonsi, Amrin Mirza and Shirina Ali were arrested following an investigation by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) that resulted in the seizure of more than 300,000 tablets, worth in excess of £315,000.
Dhonsi was sentenced to 38 months imprisonment, Mirza to 18 months imprisonment, and Ali to 9 months imprisonment for their roles in the crimes. They were convicted of conspiracy to supply unauthorised medicines, including diazepam, zolpidem and zopiclone along with other powerful prescription-only medicines.
Alastair Jeffrey, MHRA Head of Enforcement said medicines purchased outside the regulated supply chain cannot be guaranteed to meet standards of quality, safety and effectiveness and can present a real risk to public health.
“Some may contain dangerous ingredients which can have devastating consequences for patients who use them,” said Jeffrey. “We work to identify those involved in illegal activities with medicines and will use our powers to investigate fully, confiscate assets and, where necessary, prosecute those putting profit before public health.
“Criminals selling medicines illegally have a flagrant disregard for your health, and only care about making money. Contact a GP or a healthcare professional if you have any concerns about your health.”