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Counterfeit Manufacturing: Drugs

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL9644, tabled on 27 October 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many convictions for the sale or distribution of counterfeit pharmaceutical products there were in each of the last four years.

Answered on

10 November 2020

The Ministry of Justice publishes information on prosecutions and convictions by detailed offence and figures relating to the offence “Sell or supply adulterated medicinal products or falsifying medical products” can be found in the Principal offence proceedings and outcomes by Home Office offence code data tool available at:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/888344/HO-code-tool-principal-offence-2019.xlsx

The data tool can be filtered by ‘Detailed offence’, for the above offence. Filter to the following:

“Sell or supply adulterated medicinal products or falsifying medical products (triable either way offences)”

In 2016 there were 4 convictions for the offence of selling or supplying adulterated medicinal products or falsifying medical products. In 2017 and 2018 there were 0 convictions for this offence; and there was 1 conviction in 2019.

Please note that prosecutions and convictions relating to the offence of the sale or distribution of counterfeit pharmaceutical products may fall under some separate summary offences other than the one mentioned above, but these cannot be separately identified.