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UK 'used' in fake drugs sales

23rd November 2007

The Financial Times reports that officials from Revenue & Customs have said that the UK has a key role in trading fake medicines on the world's black market.

Mark Fuchter, head of prohibitions and restrictions at Revenue & Customs, said that drugs seized recently showed that "remailing" was involved. This is where counterfeiters send the drugs - usually to buyers who have ordered over the internet - via the UK in order to disguise their provenance.

Mr Fuchter spoke at a conference held by the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Products Agency, where he stated that “a more vigorous approach� was required in order to police the “challenging volumes� of internet transactions of the drugs.




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