An accounts manager, who offered ‘miracles’ on the internet from an address in Leyland, was intending to trade in unlicensed drugs.
Liam Derbyshire, 23, set up a website – Miracles for Men – offering anti-hair loss, weight loss and Viagra-type drugs, from a property in Dunkirk.
Preston Magistrates’ Court heard Derbyshire, who has no medical background, set up the site with the intention of selling men’s health products, including body-building products.
But he soon realised his online competitors, including websites based in the United States, were offering a wider range of products, and began to advertise those too.
Police raided the property on January 30, 2008, and found 90 cholesterol-lowering tablets, 100 anti-depressants, 40 weight loss tablets, 20 hair loss suppressants and 24 tablets to treat erectile dysfunction.
Derbyshire’s computer was seized and a price list for the products was found, although there was little evidence of any actual sales.
The court heard none of the drugs Derbyshire was selling had any marketing authority, and had not passed any kind of quality control.
He pleaded guilty to having in his possession, in the fcourse of his business: Atorpic-40; Beuter-15; Deprox; FRT-1; Kamagra; Sanagra; Sibutramine; Tadora; Tadalofil and Womenra; knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that the products were intended to be placed on the market without marketing authority.
Liam Derbyshire, of Miracles for Men, said his offence was the result of ‘naivety’ not malice.
He said: “I did not know at the time that I needed marketing authorisation to sell these products.
“I don’t want to get into whether or not what I did was right or wrong, but thousands of people are doing it online.”
Mr Derbyshire’s website is still in operation, but it only sells health food products for which he does not need a licence.
District judge Peter Ward fined Derbyshire, of Blackfriars Road, Salford, £500, and ordered him to pay a £15 victim’s surcharge and £500 costs.
He told him: “You can’t be sure exactly of the quality and what they are made up of. Medication has to be supplied only by those authorised to do so.”