Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 10°C

Search

Ipswich: Dan Poulter MP talks of dangers of buying internet drugs

06:00 27 January 2014

Dr Dan Poulter, MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

Dr Dan Poulter, MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

Archant

A Suffolk MP and junior health minister has warned of the dangers of buying medicines on the internet after counterfeit erectile dysfunction drugs were seized in a raid.

Officers from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) went to an undisclosed property in Ipswich where an amount of counterfeit medicine was found.

A number of investigation officers, led by head of operations Danny Lee-Frost, carried out the Operation Clumber raid which began at around 9.30am on Friday.

They were helped by Suffolk Constabulary, which confirmed that two of its officers had gone to the address.

A spokesman for MHRA said: “A 28-year-old man from Ipswich was arrested on suspicion of selling counterfeit medicine. This is an ongoing operation.”

The operation is also understood to be looking at the possible selling of abortion medicines. The man has now been bailed as the investigation continues.

Dr Dan Poulter, MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, said: “The warning here is not to buy off the internet things which are purported to be medicines; you do not necessarily know what you are buying.

“That’s why the MHRA is there to take appropriate action.

“The main thing is to reassure the public of the quality of drugs prescribed by doctors is of a high quality.”

He said if drugs were not properly licensed and produced there was a risk the medicines could contain harmful ingredients.

Mr Lee-Frost, commenting on counterfeit abortion drugs, said: “These are not the sort of thing a 14-year-old girl should be using when she is six months pregnant and too frightened to tell mum and dad or see a doctor.

“But after a pregnancy test from a chemist they don’t want to tell anyone. They look at options online and buy this stuff. Then it can go horribly wrong.

“The abortion pills can prove fatal. Thankfully we haven’t seen reports of such a death in the UK yet – but the evidence is growing overseas in places like China and the US.”

Black-market tablets like abortion pills can cost as little as 78p.

A silhouette shot of 'Sarah', who has spoken about her experience with domestic abuse. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

A domestic violence survivor from Suffolk has told how family and friends intervened to help her flee a 13-year abusive relationship that left her “completely beaten”.

Jeremy Head, who took his own life at mental health unit Wedgwood House, in Bury St Edmunds, in 2014. Picture: Ashtons Legal

The sister of a 49-year-old man who was found hanged at a mental health unit in Suffolk has said she begged for help in the weeks leading up to his death.

Lauren Sherwood and Jaimin Patel (centre, arms linked) at Glemhall Hall where they met with suppliers of the St Elizabeth Hospice win a wedding competition. Picture: Echo Alfa

A Colchester couple who won St Elizabeth Hospice’s wedding giveaway last year have pledged their commitment to raising thousands of pounds for the cause in return for their special day at Glemham Hall.

President Vladimir Putin Dmitry Astakhov/ Sputnik, Government Press Service Pool photo via AP

Russian president Vladamir Putin should be offered a state visit, a Suffolk MP has said.

Glasses of fizz

Is a new style of bubbly about to take the supermarket aisles by storm with its mix of two favourite tipples?

Chaos on the trains at London Liverpool Street. Picture: Jon Carney

Two points failures at London Liverpool Street which saw thousands of rail passengers heading towards Ipswich delayed this evening have been fixed.

Broke Hall Community Primary School, Ipswich, had a Tractors in School visit - farmer John Taylor with Kara Bassil. Picture: NIGEL BROWN

Hundreds of youngsters will get close-up to one of the most impressive and hi-tech working vehicles this week – as they take part in a growing education programme.

Silhouette of a domestic abuse victim. Picture: Andy Abbott

A project pledging to give extra support to domestic abuse victims in Suffolk has been awarded hundreds of thousands of pounds in government funding.

Suffolk Constabulary's headquarters in Martlesham Heath, where the 999 control room is based.   Picture: SU ANDERSON

Police in Suffolk have vowed to investigate why the force has the worst rate of abandoned 999 calls in the country.

Traffic on the Orwell Bridge. Picture: Lucy Taylor

A car has broken down in the outside lane which is causing problems for drivers heading towards Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24