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Unlicensed arthritis drug Arthroplex potentially dangerous - MHRA


An arthritis treatment called Arthroplex that is being advertised online and in flyers is “unlicensed and unproven”, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has warned.

The capsules and gel are being illegally marketed as a therapy for relieving the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and joint pain at as much as £168 for a year’s supply, the watchdog revealed.

It said the benefits are not only unproven but the product could potentially represent a serious risk to health for anyone who uses it.

“Just because products are described as natural it does not mean to say that they are safe,” commented David Carter, manager of the MHRA’s medicines borderline section.

He advised anyone who has purchased or used the product to speak to their GP or healthcare professional.

Professor Alan Silman, medical director at Arthritis Research UK, said arthritis patients commonly use supplements as part of their efforts to find effective pain relief and he said that “a small number can offer some relief”.


Readers' comments (4)

  • Thank you for information on arthritis drug Arthroplex potential dangers , I have used one month's supply and have returned the rest as I felt that they were making me itch and have asked for a refund on the fourth of August 2012. I am awaiting my sum of £99

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  • I wonder what pushes people to buy drugs on the Internet and to throw away large sums of money when they can talk to a GP and get evidence based drugs on prescription? there is always a risk involved with the former whose vendors interest is financial gain. There are enough warnings about the frauds and dangers of obtaining drugs which are not from approved suppliers.

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  • Hello,

    My name is Emma and I am researching possible issues to feature on the 4th series of Fake Britain for BBC1. We are currently looking into Arthroplex, and are keen to speak with anyone who has bought this product. If you think that you may be able to help, please email me at

    Many thanks,


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  • Anonymous | 4-Sep-2012 7:17 am

    I agree. purchasing any type of medication over the internet no matter what their claims is high risk and fraud is widespread.

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