The MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agenct) has created a FakeMeds advent calendar to tie in with their ongoing campaign to raise awareness of the risks of fake and unlicensed medical products sold online, and to help people buy medicines safely.
Behind each door are Christmas-themed messages about the kinds of products MHRA seize, warnings about potential health risks, or advice on how to buy safely and report suspected fakes.
The 3 year FakeMeds campaign launched in August 2016 with a focus on fake and unlicensed diet pills. MHRA remove thousands of potentially deadly unlicensed slimming medicines from the black market every year.
MHRA has closed down over 5000 websites in 2016 for selling medical products illegally.
Future phases of the campaign will focus on other products such as condoms and STI self-test kits, and a new website is planned for early 2017 with detailed consumer information about the issue.