Swoop on illegal online medicine salesYorkshire man fined £97,000 following probe

17 January 2008

A packet of pills

A Yorkshire man who used eBay to peddle medicines over the internet has been fined £97,000.

Paul Leonard George Glover, of Grange Hall, Flockton, Wakefield, has been told he faces 18 months in jail if he defaults on the payments.

Investigators from the drugs watchdog -  the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) – caught Glover selling medicines on four websites, including eBay.

Fine

Investigators bought four Blue Eregra tablets and two Tadalafil tablets (erectile dysfunction drugs) from Glover in March, 2005.

Large volumes of unlicensed medicines were later seized from his premises and in November 2007 Glover, 57, admitted selling the drugs.

On Tuesday Glover was fined £60,000.00, given a confiscation order of £24,956.49 and ordered to pay costs of £12,598.50 when he appeared at Bradford Crown Court.

Unsafe

Mick Deats, Head of Enforcement and Intelligence at the MHRA said: ‘Members of the public must be aware that buying their medicines from such a route is extremely unsafe; at the very least they could be ripped off or at worst it could seriously damage their health.’

Last week a new online logo was launched to help patients identify websites operated by bona fide online pharmacies in Britain.

It followed a warning by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) that millions of people could be risking their health by buying dodgy prescription-only medicines from rogue websites.

The new logo will be visible on the homepage of participating online pharmacies and features the unique RPSGB membership number of the pharmacy operating the site.