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Health: Unlicensed Medicines

Volume 691: debated on Wednesday 2 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What powers are available to postal and advertising authorities to prevent the marketing to United Kingdom mainland consumers of unlicensed medicinal products by companies based in the Channel Islands. [HL2316]

Advertisements issued from within the Channel Islands are the responsibility of the relevant authorities within those islands. There are no powers in the Postal Services Act 2000 to control direct mail advertising from the Channel Islands. In those cases where such advertising is identified, the matter should be drawn to the attention of the Advertising Standards Authority (online>; or by writing to the Advertising Standards Authority, Mid City Place, 71 High Holborn, London WC1V 6QT, or phoning 020 7492 2222). The ASA will pursue the matter with the appropriate agencies.