A man has been ordered by the Old Bailey to pay more than £800,000 for illegally advertising, selling and supplying an unlicensed ‘flabjab’ medicine.
Duncan Williams of Fermoy House, Barnt Green, Birmingham, was told last week by the court to pay the confiscation order within six months or face a four year jail term under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Mr Williams was also ordered to pay £19,000 in court costs and he and his company were also fined £10,000.
The case happened after the government’s medicines and health products watchdog, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) carried out an investigation into Mr Williams clinic, Lipomed.
The MHRA found Lipomed was illegally advertising, selling and administering Lipostabil and Ensentiale N, also know as ‘Flabjab’.
Lipomed used a number of clinics throughout the country, where at least 1,000 customers were injected under the skin with the Flabjab.
Some experienced side effects such as swelling of the arms and neck after paying £400 for the treatment.
In October 2005, MHRA officers visited three addresses in the West Midlands and seized £10,000 worth of flabjabs and related documents.
MHRA head of enforcement Mick Deats said: ‘This case highlights the robust action the MHRA takes against those who illegally advertise, sell and administer unlicensed medicines for cosmetic purposes.
‘Consumers should be aware that Lipostabil is unlicensed in the UK and the safety of this product for cosmetic use has not been established. It could cause serious short and long-term side affects to your health.’