UK Woman Gets Eight Months in Jail For Fake Drug Sales

A woman from Stoke-on-Trent in the UK has been sentenced to eight months in jail for operating a website involved in the supply of counterfeit prescription-only medicines.

Norma Ene Ruutel-Glykys, of Canadian/Cypriot nationality, was arrested in March 2009 after a joint operation by the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and local police which saw five properties raided and 65,000 doses of medicines seized.

The website,, advertised a range of prescription medicines which were sent to customers from Southern Cyprus. Tests on the products by the MHRA revealed them to be counterfeit.

Source –, April 2010

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