How is the MHRA working with Indian authorities to prevent unlicensed medicines entering the UK?

Indian law enforcement agencies are working closely with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to help prevent unlicensed medicines entering into the United Kingdom (UK). The MHRA plans to send intelligence to the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), which enables them to target regions suspected of importing unlicensed medicines into the UK. 

The DRI has recently seized 350,000 tablets of medicines such as diazepam, tramadol and zopiclone which were destined for UK, European and United States (US) markets. The MHRA hopes that rapid mutual intelligence-sharing will help tackle the illegal cross-border trade in medicines.

With regards to collaborating around the issue of medicines, the UK and India have a longstanding relationship. To increase collaboration between India and the UK on medicines and medical devices, in 2015 both countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

The MHRA’s Head of Enforcement stated that “our collaborative efforts with key partners like India will help protect the health of UK citizens.”

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