UK medicines regulator says it is 'completely impossible' to control illegal online pharmacies

It is “completely impossible” to control the vast numbers of unlicensed pharmacies illegally selling drugs online, the British medical regulatory agency has warned.

The widespread online availability of antibiotics risks creating untreatable “superbugs” by fuelling antimicrobial resistance, according to the authors of a recent study that found 45 per cent of digital pharmacies they tested would sell antibiotics to people in the UK without a prescription.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) told The Independent it had shut down 4760 websites selling medicines without a licence last year.

But the sheer volume of illegal sites operating worldwide makes tackling

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