18 September 2007

Viagra scammers convicted

Five people were convicted yesterday of a multi-million pound conspiracy to sell fake Viagra in the largest ever counterfeit drugs case in the UK. Thousands of customers bought the tablets for up to £20 each but many complained they had no effect or caused nausea.


Pills were manufactured in China and Pakistan were, smuggled into Britain, repackaged and sold online to customers in the US, UK and Bahamas. The products were almost identical to the real thing - containing 90% of the active ingredient, with carefully forged packaging, logos and patient information leaflets. Regulators said customers were put in danger because of other possible ingredients.


Salesman Gary Haywood, 58, student Ashwin Patel, 24, and businessman Zahid Mirza, 45, of Ilford, were all found guilty last month of taking part in the conspiracy. Two other defendants have not yet been named. A spokesman for the MHRA said: "There is no such thing as a safe counterfeit. For all we know they could have been made in someone's garden shed."


Presumably this is what those bloody spam adverts are really selling. I daresay there was no shortage of takers either. I was going to make jokes about splints, Mycoxafloppin and Ibepokin but this IS a family blog after all!

12 comments:

Redwine said...

Scroll down Jams, the hookworm in itself can be an excellent Viagra replacement for some... I can hardly wait for the gentlemen showing up at a date with a tank of hookworms...

Redwine said...

Oh,. and the hookworm could solve the pregnancy issue, no more male chauvinistic pills for the ladies...how typical, for wymin pills not to have children, meanwhile for males to be able to produce one, how unfair is that?

jams o donnell said...

LOL Red I would have thought the sight of a hookworm's may would be a dick shriveller! To be honest though, I wonder why the male pill hasn't been developed.. Hmmm

The Lone Beader said...

I am so tired of hearing about Viagra... and I'm extremely tired of deleting all the spam. *sigh*

jams o donnell said...

They are an enormous pain in the arse aren't they?

Redwine said...

Not only in the arse, Jams. I am so rude today.

jams o donnell said...

In the ear too. Red?

Jimmy St James said...

I was a bit surprised they were convicted as I wasn't sure the evidence would stand up in court.

Steve Bates said...

Ah, it's good that the counterfeiters got their comeuppance!

jams o donnell said...

LOL Some plans cum to nothing!

elasticwaistbandlady said...

Do you know how bad the glut of male enhancement ads are here? I read a book with my kids last week for Book Club and the girl went by the initials E.D. and all I could think was "They named that poor girl Erectile Dysfunction??!!?"

jams o donnell said...

It could be worse - there was a senior manager at work with the initials V.D. THat was either sadistic parents or a marriage born of true love.. If your fiorename began with a V would you want a surname starting with a D!