Indian-origin man jailed for selling unlicensed medicines in UK

Following an investigation into the sale of unlicensed medicines, an Indian-origin man in the UK has been jailed for 20 months for the supply and sale of a huge quantity of unlicensed medication for treating impotency.

Isleworth Crown Court.
Isleworth Crown Court. Photo courtesy:

​Gurinder Bharaj, from Southall in west London, was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court in the city on Friday on eight counts of possession and supply of significant quantities of unauthorised and unlicensed medication, PTI reported.

Investigators from UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) raided a property belonging to Bharaj in Ealing, west London, where more than 100,000 individual doses of unlicensed erectile dysfunction medicines worth more than 30,000 pounds were uncovered and seized.

A smaller quantity of prescription medication was also seized.

"Selling unlicensed medicines is illegal and can pose a serious risk to health. The fact that a medicine is unauthorised means that it has not been subjected to the regulatory scrutiny and quality assurances required to get a license," said Head of Enforcement at MHRA, Alastair Jeffrey.

"These products can be dangerous as their contents are unknown and untested and the consequences for your health can be devastating. MHRA will continue to track down and prosecute those who put the public's health at risk," he said.

Following an initial hearing, Bharaj pleaded guilty to all the charges and was sentenced to 20 months' imprisonment with immediate effect and also ordered to pay 75 pounds as victim surcharge.

MHRA said it is running a #FakeMeds campaign to warn people against buying potentially dangerous or useless unlicensed medicines sold by illegal online suppliers.

Tushaar Kuthiala
Tushaar Kuthiala – Associate Editor

Tushaar has extensive experience as a journalist and in founding two start-up newspapers. He has developed editorial models for both copy and content, and has written several articles, news reports on a wide range of topics. He is a graduate of St. Stephen’s College and earned a post-graduate diploma in TV Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ), Chennai. He has worked as a special correspondent based in New Delhi with Daily World, an international media organisation. 


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