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Internet: Operation PANGEA X closes 3,584 illicit websites and seizes 25 million potentially dangerous medications

Internet: Operation PANGEA X closes 3,584 illicit websites and seizes 25 million potentially dangerous medications

Sources: Interpol et ANSM (in French)

The Operation Pangea – coordinated by Interpol - is the largest annual repression program targeting the illegitimate sale of medicines on the Internet. The tenth edition of Operation Pangea, held from 12 to 19 September 2017, benefited from the participation of close to 200 law enforcement agencies, customs services, drug regulatory bodies, and private companies—including Sanofi—from 123 countries. The world over, Pangea X resulted in the arrest of 400 people and the record seizure of 25 million potentially dangerous medicines valued at more than US$51 million. Among the seized products were food supplements, painkillers, epilepsy medications and erectile dysfunction treatments.

Moreover, this year's operation discovered counterfeited medical devices such as dentistry materials or preservatives, and, importantly, counterfeited opioids, fentanyl in particular. Fentanyl is a powerful narcotic and counterfeits of it have been implicated in thousands of cases of overdose and death worldwide over the last few years.

In all, 1,058 investigations were carried out for Pangea X and 3,584 websites closed. Also, more than 3,000 advertisements for illicit pharmaceuticals were removed from the Internet.

Operation PANGEA X closes 3,584 illicit websites and seizes 25 million potentially dangerous medications
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