Fake fentanyl tablets

02 Jan 2019

Superintendent update on seized fake fentanyl tablets

Dear Superintendent,


It has come to my attention that the Metropolitan Police has seized a significant quantity of fraudulent tablets in London, under the brand name of ‘Percocet’. These fake Percocet tablets contained only fentanyl as the active ingredient; genuine Percocet tablets contain a combination of oxycodone and paracetamol. Furthermore, Percocet is not a licensed brand in the UK. Fake Percocet tablets have been in circulation in North America for some time; however, this is the first time it has been found in the UK. Although it is more likely that fake Percocet tablets will be available outside of the reputable medicines supply chain, I would advise that all pharmacy teams in the UK be made aware of this new threat.

An image of the fake Percocet tablets has been made available by Public Health England.

With Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) coming into force on 9 February 2019, I will continue to highlight all relevant patient safety matters, in-line with my role as Medication Safety Officer for pharmacies with less than 50 branches in England and for patient safety information for all UK NPA members.


For further information please contact the NPA Pharmacy Services team on 01727 891800 or email at pharmacyservices@npa.co.uk.

Kind regards,


Leyla Hannbeck MSc, FRPharmS, MBA
NPA Director of Pharmacy
Medication Safety Officer’