An upcoming BBC series entitled "Fake Britain" will demonstrate how easy it is for patients to be tricked by unscrupulous pharmaceutical vendors online. The series, part of the BBC's "Fake Britain" week, focuses on counterfeit products of all types.
In the series the chair of the European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines, Jim Thomson, is filmed purchasing prescription-only pharmaceuticals online without prescriptions and without any safety assurances. The product, one of which was shown in this photo in September's edition of Pharmaceutical Marketing magazine, are shipped wrapped in newspapers, and in this case included a dose of "bonus Viagra".
In the series the BBC will examine these products, the conditions they are shipped in, and perform a scientific analysis of the actual drugs themselves.