Two pharmacists have been jailed for illegally selling zolpidem pills worth an estimated black-market value of £600,000.

C+D reported that Dean Dookhan, of Sherwood Road, Birmingham, and Narvinder Nandra, of Primsland Close, Solihull, were handed 27- and 30-month prison sentences respectively at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday (July 12), following a Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) investigation.

According to the Birmingham Mail, handing down the sentences judge Francis Laird told the pair: “You both played a leading role and are equally culpable in the offences. You both grossly abused your position as pharmacists and the business premises [where] you worked to carry out the offences.”

Grant Powell, the MHRA enforcement officer who lead the case, said: “Anyone who sells medicines illegally is not only breaking the law but clearly shows a total disregard for the health and welfare of anyone who may purchase them.

“Prescription only medicines are potent and should only be taken under medical supervision. Their sale outside the legal supply route could lead to vulnerable people being exploited.”

Both Mr Nandra, 48, and Mr Dookhan, 40, were suspended from the GPhC register in November 2019.

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