UK medicines and medical devices regulator investigating 14 cases of fake or unlicensed COVID-19 medical products

An increasing number of bogus medical products being sold through unauthorised websites claiming to treat or prevent COVID-19 are being investigated by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

These include self-testing kits, miracle cures, antiviral misting sprays, and unlicensed medicines.

A spokesman said: “At this time, there are currently no medicines licensed specifically for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19 and there are no self-testing kits approved for home use.

“The MHRA has disabled nine domain names and social media accounts selling fake or unauthorised COVID-19 products.”

Enforcement official Lynda Scammell said: “Don’t be fooled by online offers for medical products to help prevent or treat COVID-19

“We are working alongside other law enforcement agencies to combat this type of criminal activity.”