Counterfeit Drugs in Britain

Reuters reports that Peter Gillespie was just given an eight year jail sentence for his role in getting 25,000 packages of counterfeit drugs into pharmacies, care centres, hospitals, and homes into Britain.   The packages contained approximately 700,000 counterfeit doses of medications for schizophrenia, heart disease and prostate cancer.  The counterfeit drugs originated in China and reached Britain through the intermediary countries of Hong Kong, Singapore, and Belgium.  The counterfeiters would have made an estimated $4.9 million had the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency not disrupted the global counterfeit network.  Another individual involved in the network received a six-and-a-half year jail sentence in the U.S. in 2008.    Send article as PDF