MHRA cracks down on fake and unlicensed coronavirus products

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is investigating 14 bogus products taking advantage of the public’s concerns about COVID-19.

Lynda Scammell, MHRA Enforcement Official said:

“Don’t be fooled by online offers for medical products to help prevent or treat COVID-19

“There is no medicine licensed specifically to treat or prevent COVID-19, therefore any claiming to do so are not authorised and have not undergone regulatory approvals required for sale on the UK market. We cannot guarantee the safety or quality of the product and this poses a risk to your health.

“The risk of buying medicines and medical devices from unregulated websites are that you just don’t know what you will receive and could be putting your health at risk.

“We are working alongside other law enforcement agencies to combat this type of criminal activity.”

So far, nine social media accounts and domain names have been taken offline for selling COVID-19 treatments that were either fake or unlicensed.

MHRA’s advice at this time is to avoid self-testing kits, ‘miracle cures’, ‘antiviral misting sprays’, and unlicensed medicines. Read more here.

MHRA has a campaign known as #FakeMeds for those who purchase medicines online. Find out more here.

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Published on 7. April 2020 in News, News UK, Press Release