3 detained on illegal drug sales charge

The couple said that they were prescribed the drugs at top hospitals in Shanghai for their son, who, in turn, sold them on taobao.com and a WeChat shop, Yangpu police said.

Three people from Shanghai — a couple and their son — have been detained for selling prescribed drugs on the Internet, police said on Monday.

They are facing the criminal charge of illegally selling drugs.

The couple said that they were prescribed the drugs at top hospitals in Shanghai for their son, who, in turn, sold them on taobao.com and a WeChat shop, Yangpu police said.

The drugs sold via WeChat were mostly for treatment of skin problems, and were said to be from hospitals including Huashan, Xinhua and Changzheng.

Police said the drugs were sold at up to twice the prices at which the drugs were prescribed.

The suspects also sold imported drugs for treatment of nose, hair, skin and eye problems, but police said the drugs on their Internet shop “shelves” were not approved by China’s food and drug watchdog.

The suspects are alleged to have made over 100,000 yuan (US$15,000) selling the drugs, while they didn’t possess any permit for the business.

A bottle of drugs for hair regrowth treatment, claimed to be imported from Japan, that the suspects are alleged to have attempted to sell.

The suspects are accused of selling prescribed drugs from top hospitals on their Internet shop.

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