Man faces 17 charges relating to selling of counterfeit medications over the internet following raid in Ipswich

Man charged in counterfeit medicine inquiry

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A man is facing more than a dozen charges after suspected counterfeit medications, including erectile dysfunction drugs, were said to have been found during a raid in Ipswich.

Dmitrij Selkov, of Handford Road, Ipswich, is accused of 17 medicine regulation and trademark offences after being charged following a lengthy inquiry, codenamed Clumber.

The case is understood to revolve around various prescription drugs being sold over the internet, including abortion medicines.

Selkov was arrested following a swoop at a property in Ipswich in January by officers from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MRHA), supported by two Suffolk Constabulary officers.

The 28-year-old was questioned by officers before being released on bail, pending further enquiries.

A spokeswoman for the MRHA has confirmed that Selkov has now been charged and will be appearing in court.

He is due to make his first appearance on the accusations before a magistrates’ court in London next month.

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A spokeswoman for the MRHA said: “Dmitrij Selkov was charged with 17 offences under the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 & Trademarks Act 1994 on November 13 this year.

“He has been released on bail to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on January 12.”

Black market abortion tablets are known to be sold over the internet, costing as little as 78p.

However, experts have warned they could kill if taken in the wrong dosage.

It has been said they are often bought by desperate teenage girls who can not face telling their parents they are pregnant.

The booming market of counterfeit drugs is estimated as being worth more than £500million a year in Britain alone.

The MRHA has been tasked with trying to prevent powerful prescription drugs being sold over the internet.

Abortion pills can prove fatal although as yet there have been no reports of a death in the UK.

Those selling counterfeit drugs over the web often also offer tablets claiming to boost hair growth problems or solve weight issues.

Most of the suspect drugs come from Indian factories making “generic” versions of branded medicines.