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NRI pleaded guilty of selling “spiritual creams”

UK, Jan. 03, 2007
Ram Parsad

NRI from West Midlands guilty of selling “spiritual creams”

NRI Harminder Johal pleaded guilty to two Medicines Act offences on Monday 18th December and was ordered to pay £7,000 in fines and costs. Mr Johal was selling creams loaded with steroids which he was recommending for use to treat eczema in children. Mr Johal claimed that the creams contained “spiritual qualities”, in fact they were plain moisturisers laced with the prescription only medicine Clobetasol Propionate. This prescription only medicine contains corticosteroids and is only prescribed under normal circumstances to those with severe eczema and is usually prescribed by an expert in that area.

Mick Deats, Head of Intelligence & Enforcement said “this result sends a clear message to those who are intent on abusing such potent medicines for financial gain. I cannot over-emphasise just how dangerous this kind of activity is. We will continue to clamp down on people who flout the laws under the Medicines Act and pose a threat to public health”.




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