Kamagra and fake impotence drug sales land two men with prison sentences

tablets“Yes I have had Viagra, I’ve used Kamagra”. This is the alarming and common statement Medical Specialists Pharmacy regularly hears from a large number of our patients.

However, Kamagra is not Viagra. Although both contain the active ingredient sildenafil citrate, Kamagra is not licensed for prescription, sale or distribution anywhere in the UK. Any websites claiming to offer such products named Kamagra or something similar should be avoided at all costs and are usually affiliated with large-scale criminal activity.

The fact Kamagra is unlicensed means it is usually manufactured in a variety of places around the world – often India – and you simply do not fully know what you are getting. The tablets may be manufactured in unhygienic premises and the ingredients inside them are anyone’s guess!

This brings us to The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) speaking last week regarding the haul of more than £600,000 worth of counterfeit and unlicensed erectile dysfunction medication seized back in late 2011 to early 2012.

The two men involved in the illegal activities were handed suspended prison sentences and must also carry out community work, after being found guilty of importing and selling the potentially dangerous substandard medicines.

Loughborough man Ryoma Ninomiya of Forest Road, was sentenced to 8 months in prison, suspended for two years. In addition, he has been ordered to do 140 hours of unpaid community service.

Alif Shahadaht Ahmed, of Moor Lane, also in Loughborough, was punished heavier than Nimomiya. Shahadaht was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years and also must do 200 hours of community service.

The MHRA investigation into the pair’s illicit dealings was initiated back in September 2011 after the UK Border Force had intercepted a large quantity of Kamagra tablets.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) started its investigation in September 2011 following a seizure of Kamagra tablets by UK Border Force.  Nimomiya and Shahadaht were using false names to import the drugs.

Between September 2011 and January 2012, 13,000 tablets in total were seized, including additional seizures of Kamagra tablets in addition to fake versions of two licensed erectile dysfunction treatments; Cialis and Levitra. The shipments were due to make their way to numerous addresses around Leicestershire.

Nimo Ahmed, MHRA’s Acting Head of Enforcement said: “This case shows that people risk damaging their health if they buy medicines from unauthorised sources. People should speak to their GP or pharmacist who can give them good clinical advice about what medicines are best for them. The MHRA is committed to pursuing those involved in the illicit supply of medicines and taking action to ensure the public is protected. These individuals were involved in a concerted conspiracy to supply counterfeit and unlicensed medicine and showed a blatant disregard for public health.”

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