MHRA Video Collaboration - Dangerous Online Diet Pills Not The Answer To New Year's Resolutions! Here's Why In 2 Mins....
Blog post by Abraham The Pharmacist
Hey guys! This weeks I've teamed up with The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) who regulate all medicines in the UK.
Our aim in this video, is to warn people about the dangers of buying potentially life threatening diet pills from illegal online suppliers. Almost 2 in 3 people suffered unpleasant side effects after taking dangerous online slimming pills, these included bleeding that wouldn’t stop, heart attacks, strokes and hallucinations! The contents of these unlicensed diet pills are unknown, not tested for safety and have been found stored in dirty, rat infested warehouses and garden sheds.
Fake medical products and and dangerous diet pills are a big problem which the MHRA are working hard to end. The MHRA has seized nearly £3million worth of unlicensed slimming pills since April 2013, and closed down over 5,000 unauthorised online retailers in 2016.
Research carried out by MHRA in 2016 showed that although shoppers believe themselves to be “internet-savvy”, 79% of the public are unaware of the issue of fake medical products. In fact more than half of all medicines bought online are fake!
HOW TO STAY SAFE ONLINE WHEN BUYING MEDICINES:
The #FakeMeds campaign run by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) gives you quick and easy tools to avoid fake medical products when shopping online. I highly recommend everyone visits their page at https://fakemeds.campaign.gov.uk/ for lots of great information - There's also 10 top tips on how to keep yourself safe online when buying medicines.
HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT SAFELY:
There are many reputable groups out there that can support you to lose weight through healthy lifestyle changes. Your pharmacist, GP or healthcare professional will also be able to advise you on finding the right option for you. Here are some links to some great guides and tips on how to lose weight safely:
About Abraham The Pharmacist:
Abraham is a British - Persian - Iranian prescribing media pharmacist who loves science, making videos and helping people. He works in both GP surgeries and community pharmacy. You can follow him at:
This video is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Abraham The Pharmacist has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Always consult a doctor or other healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.