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Internet: Pangea IX targets the sale of fake medicines on the internet and takes down 4,932 illicit pharmaceutical websites

Internet: Pangea IX targets the sale of fake medicines on the internet and takes down 4,932 illicit pharmaceutical websites

June 9th, 2016 - www.interpol.int
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The international operation Pangea IX was held 30 May through 7 June 2016 with the mission of fighting the illegal sale of medicines on the internet. This Interpol-coordinated event, the largest of its kind, has been deployed yearly across numerous countries since 2008. It draws the participation of close to 200 police, customs and health regulations agencies as well as private businesses such as Sanofi.

The 2016 Operation Pangea IX involved 103 countries and resulted in 393 arrests worldwide and the seizure of US$53 million worth of potentially dangerous medications, among which were fake cancer medications, non-conform HIV/AIDS screening tests and diabetes tests, counterfeited dental materials and illicit surgical equipment.

In France, 961,192 illicit health products and 1,422 kilograms of bulk health products were seized by customs during the operation. Comprised therein were mainly medications without French marketing authorization (580,000) counterfeited health products (close to 190,000 tablets), and medicines used outside of their medical indications as narcotics (more than 30,000 doses).

More than 77% of the seized products came from Asia (primarily India, 64.22%).

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