The MHRA has issued a statement today warning about the sale of drugs safely online.  UK sellers who wish to sell or supply medicines online to another country within the EEA should ensure they follow the applicable law of that country,  in addition to complying with UK law.  Registered pharmacies  in the UK can sell general sales list medicines, pharmacy only medicines or supply medicines that they have dispensed against a prescription.  All other general retailers can only sell general sales list products.  The following are some of the main points  for sellers to consider:

• Register with the MHRA and be listed in the MHRA’s list of UK registered online retail sellers.

• Display the EU common logo on the website used to sell medicines to the EEA, and list the MHRA contact details and a link to the MHRA’s website.

• Comply with the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002.

• Check the rules for supplying medicines online in EEA countries as each country has different restrictions, and some prohibit the supply of medicines online altogether.

• Check whether the product has been licensed for use in that country.  The terms of authorisation will dictate the presentation, packaging and language to be used to sell the product in that  country.  Failure to supply the authorised medicine in the appropriate packaging for the destination country is a breach of the distance selling logo registration with the MHRA.

• All medicines for sale must be obtained from licensed manufacturers, importers and distributors in the UK or in another EEA country.

• Inform the MHRA and the Marketing Authorisation Holder immediately of any counterfeit medicines, or if there is any suspicion that a medicine is counterfeit.

Updated guidance from the MHRA and can be obtained from here