Prescription Drugs: Internet

Department for Science, Innovation and Technology written question – answered at on 11 January 2024.

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Photo of Siobhain McDonagh Siobhain McDonagh Labour, Mitcham and Morden

To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what assessment she has made of the potential implications for her Department's policies of the sale of prescription-only drugs on illicit websites.

Photo of Saqib Bhatti Saqib Bhatti Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)

Where individuals sell illegal drugs on their own website, they may be committing an offence. This may then be a matter for law enforcement and/or regulatory bodies such as the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

The Online Safety Act also puts duties on user-to-user and search service providers to tackle illegal third-party content accessed on or via their service. They must take proactive action against online offending such as illegal sale of drugs and must protect children from other legal content which could cause harm to them.

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