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Unlicensed Botox and fillers seized in Manchester raid by MHRA


Unlicensed Botox and fillers seized in Manchester raid by MHRA

The MHRA’s criminal enforcement unit seized “thousands of unlicensed medical products” including Botox and dermal fillers during morning raids in Bolton, Greater Manchester last Thursday (July 13).

The MHRA said the suspected unlicensed products were taken from three residences and six business premises in Bolton in the early hours of Thursday morning, leading to two women and one man being arrested.

The products included “unlicensed versions of Botox, numbing agents and dermal fillers,” the agency said.

Detective inspector James Coles of GMP’s economic crime unit said: “This morning’s action showcases a really good example of partners working together to combat issues that are prevalent in our communities, we are determined to tackle money laundering in Greater Manchester and endeavour to make it as hard as possible for individuals to conceal illicit finance.

“Whilst we have three in custody, an investigation remains ongoing, and we will continue to investigate and eradicate this type of criminal activity from the area.”

MHRA deputy director of criminal enforcement Andy Morling said: “Medicines like these are powerful and dangerous in the wrong hands, potentially leading to serious adverse health consequences. The criminals trading in these products are not only breaking the law, they also have no regard for your safety.

“It is illegal to advertise, sell or supply medicines such as these without the appropriate authorisation. If you see these products, or any other powerful medicines, being sold on social media or elsewhere online, think. It’s unlikely to be legitimate.

“We’re grateful to our partners in Greater Manchester Police, for helping in our efforts to do this today.”

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