Global operation against illegal medicines, 354 arrests, $51m seized
Illegal sale of medicines is an increasing problem that may pose a global threat to public health.
Sales often take place over the internet and across geographical borders.
Consequently, the Danish Medicines Agency, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, the Danish Customs and Tax Administration (SKAT) and the Danish Police along with similar authorities in many other countries just completed the global Operation Pangea, which cracked down hard on illegal websites around the world.
Worldwide, the operation resulted in 354 arrests and further investigations of individuals, inspection of 715,487 parcels and seizure of over 25,011,030 units containing potentially life-threatening medicines worth an estimated $51,216,844.
More than 3,500 websites were taken offline or had their payment facilities removed.
In addition to the efforts to close down illegal websites, the recent operation also focused on parcels containing medicines stopped by SKAT.
A total of 1,134 parcels were inspected, and 731 parcels containing medicines were seized for further examination. ■