Wednesday, 17 October 2018

UK-India step up drive against illegal medicines

LONDON: After large quantities of unlicenced medicines sourced from India were recentlyseized in the United Kingdom, authorities of the two countries have enhanced intelligence-sharing and are focusing on regions suspected of sending such consignments to the Britain and Europe.

India’s Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) recently seized 350,000 tablets of potent medicines, such as Diazepam, Tramadol and Zopiclone, destined for the UK, Europe and the US, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said.

It said following a meeting in New Delhi earlier this month, MHRA will send intelligence to the DRI, enabling the Indian agency to target regions suspected of sending unlicenced medicines into the UK as part of efforts to tackle international medicines crime.

In 2015, India and the UK signed a memorandum of understanding to enhancecollaboration in the area of medicines and medical devices and improving public safety.

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