Operation Pangea V

18 10 2012

“It is thanks to the coordinated efforts of all agencies involved, police, customs, health regulatory authorities and the private sector, that we have seen the most significant results since Pangea I was first launched five years ago. This is a major boost in protecting the health and safety of the public, and tackling the organized networks behind this crime,” said the INTERPOL Chief.

People turn to the internet to buy their medicines, but they are unaware of the risks. Some of the risks include outdated, counterfeit, or substituted medicines. Anyone is vulnerable. “When someone is sick, can’t afford to purchase expensive medicine or is just trying to save money, they are more likely to take a chance and buy medicines online, making themselves vulnerable to purchasing fake, illicit or spurious medical products and thus harming themselves,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

More than 100 countries took part in Pangea V, which ran from September 25 to October 2. It resulted in 80 arrests and the worldwide seizure of 3.75 million units of potentially life-threatening medicines worth USD 10.5 million.




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