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Woman jailed over fake drugs scam

Officers found range from slim pills to steroids


Shazia Amjad

A woman who supplied counterfeit prescription drugs to the UK was sentenced to two-and-a-half years at Croydon Crown Court yesterday.

Shazia Amjad, 39, of Crowell Lane, Uxbridge, was found with counterfeit prescription drugs worth over £250,000, including a selection of slimming pills, erectile dysfunction pills, painkillers and anabolic steroids, during a search of her home in November 2006.

In addition, false passports and 30 bank and visa cards were uncovered during the joint investigation between the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and City of London Police.

Fake medicines

Amjad was charged with offences under the Identity Card Act, trademark offences, possession with intent to supply class C drugs and money laundering.

Mick Deats, Head of Enforcement at the MHRA, said at the time, ‘Today’s result sends out a very clear warning that dealing in counterfeit medicines doesn’t pay. The MHRA will continue to clamp down on those who flout the law and put the public’s health at risk.

‘At best these medicines could be a waste of money, at worst they could be severely detrimental to your health.’

Which? investigated the lucrative fake medicines market last year when we warned against buying medicines over the internet if there’s no guarantee that the product is real. You should always buy prescription medication under the guidance of a doctor and from a reputable pharmacy.

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