Operation Stormgrand nets record haul of fake Viagra

The counterfeit trade in illicit medicines took a direct hit this month when five members of a criminal gang were found guilty at Kingston Crown Court in the biggest conspiracy of the supply of counterfeit medicines thus far in the UK. Between 2002 and 2005, large consignments of fake Viagra, Cialis and Propecia were shipped in industrial-scale quantities into the UK from foreign factories and the tablets were then repackaged and sold over the Internet to customers worldwide.

Over £1,500,000 of counterfeit medicines was confiscated. The products were almost identical to the real thing, with carefully forged packaging, logos and patient information leaflets. The medicines contained around 90% of the normal active ingredient found in the authentic tablets, but regulators said customers were put in danger because of other possible ingredients.

The operation involved investigators, Customs and Excise officers and was led by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). This government agency is responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work, and are acceptably safe. They issue guidelines which explain the background to counterfeit medicine production and highlights how organised criminal gangs have become involved in the production of illegal medicines and are supplying them through the internet, often to unwitting patients.

Here at Cerberus we have worked in most industries that have issues with counterfeiters or infringers including footwear, fmcg, sportswear, pharmaceuticals, tobacco, confectionery, apparel, white goods, household goods, alcohol and spirits, perfumes and cosmetics, automotive, toys, watches, luxury goods, software and music.

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For the full story from the MHRA website please click here.