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£3,000 fine for suspended pharmacist

A suspended pharmacist from Worcester Park in Surrey has been fined £3,000 and given a £200,000 confiscation order by Kingston Crown Court
A suspended pharmacist from Worcester Park in Surrey has been fined £3,000 and given a £200,000 confiscation order by Kingston Crown Court for illegally selling and supplying the erectile dysfunction medicine, Viagra.

The sentence follows a prosecution by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The case began in 2003 and Mr Hitendra Patel, the suspended pharmacist, was eventually found guilty of importing Viagra from Pakistan and selling it in the UK to then be sold onto the US market.

"The MHRA will take action against people illegally supplying medicines to the public and will strive to maintain the integrity of the supply chain," said Mick Deats, group manager of enforcement at the MHRA.

28th July 2008

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