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Communication/Conferences: Gangs using smartphone apps and social media to sell erectile dysfunction drugs and slimming pills at low risk and high profit

Communication/Conferences: Gangs using smartphone apps and social media to sell erectile dysfunction drugs and slimming pills at low risk and high profit

December 28th 2014 - www.theguardian.com

Criminal networks are now taking advantage of the rise of social media to sell “lifestyle” drugs such as slimming products, erectile dysfunction drugs, sleeping pills or antidepressants, to a growing mass market.
This year, the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) had seized 1.8 million doses of illegally supplied, counterfeited or poorly conditioned drugs, mostly originating from China and India. For the first time, the MHRA pursued YouTube accounts and removed 18,671 videos that directed viewers to websites offering illicit drugs.
YouTube encourages its viewers to report any account promoting illegal or counterfeit goods, and eBay is working in close collaboration with the MHRA and other regulation agencies across the globe, to remove and report any products not in line with its medicine and healthcare products policy.