MHRA says many online pharmacies are ‘unregulated’,’ illegal’, or ‘fraudulent’

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is doubling down on its efforts to combat online pharmacy frauds, emphasising innovation,
eradication of legacy systems, and cybersecurity in its updated technology roadmap.

The online sale of medicines and medical devices is a “growing phenomenon offering convenience, anonymity, and lower prices ” for the public.

However the lack of robust cyber monitoring also “poses significant risks”, as many online pharmacies are “unregulated, illegal, or fraudulent.”

According to the MHRA’s recent report highlighting the impact of artificial intelligence on the regulation of medical products, the strategic themes
of “fundamental to the successful deployment of AI” are essential for protecting consumers from fraudulent medical products.