Sign up for Englemed updates from TwitterSign up for Englemed updates from Facebook
Contact Englemed
Our contact email address.
We can provide a specialist, tailored health and medical news service for your site.
Click here for more information
RSS graphic XML Graphic Add to Google
About Englemed news services - services and policies.
Englemed News Blog - Ten years and counting.
Diary of a reluctant allergy sufferer - How the British National Health Service deals with allergy.
BookshopFor books on women's health, healthy eating ideas, mental health issues, diabetes, etc click here

WWW Englemed
Copyright Notice. All reports, text and layout copyright Englemed Ltd, 52 Perry Avenue, Birmingham UK B42 2NE. Co Registered in England No 7053778 Some photos copyright Englemed Ltd, others may be used with permission of copyright owners.
Disclaimer: Englemed is a news service and does not provide health advice. Advice should be taken from a medical professional or appropriate health professional about any course of treatment or therapy.
Metformin could be a treatment for women with pre-eclampsia
Thurs September 23rd - Metformin shows promise as a treatment for preterm pre-eclampsia, a study reveals today. More
AI identifies possible drug combination for brain cancer
Thurs September 23rd - Artificial intelligence-enhanced tools have been used to identify a new combination of drugs that could treat a rare and incurable childhood brain cancer. More
On 09/10/2020 William Haworth wrote:
How long is recovery time after proceedure... on Ablation cuts atrial fibrillat...
On 08/02/2018 David Kelly wrote:
Would you like to write a piece about this to be i... on Researchers unveil new pain re...
On 23/10/2017 Cristina Pereira wrote: on HIV breakthrough - MRC...
On 12/09/2017 Aparna srikantam wrote:
Brilliant finding! indeed a break through in under... on Leprosy research breakthrough...
On 01/07/2017 Annetta wrote:
I have been diagnosed with COPD for over 12 years.... on Seaweed plan for antimicrobial...

£5 million of fake and illegal drugs seized in global operation

Friday September 30th, 2011

More than £5million worth of counterfeit and illegal medicines have been seized in a worldwide crackdown on the illicit internet trade in pharmaceuticals, it was announced yesterday.

More than 80 countries took part in the INTERPOL-co-ordinated Operation Pangea, the largest internet-targeting enforcement action of its kind, between September 20 and 27.

A total of 55 people were arrested or placed under investigation worldwide and approximately 13,500 illegal online pharmacy websites were shut down.

The operation targeted the internet infrastructure, the electronic payment system and the mail delivery service.

Internationally, more than 45,000 packages were inspected by regulators and customs officials, resulting in the seizure of approximately 2.5 million doses of unlicensed and counterfeit pills.

In the UK, enforcement officers from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), with assistance from local police, arrested 13 people and raided 16 addresses in connection with the illegal internet supply of medicines.

MHRA, with the UK Border Agency, seized more than one million doses of illegal medicine, worth approximately £2 million, which included 52,000 doses of counterfeit pills.

MHRA acting head of enforcement, Nimo Ahmed, said: “When you buy medicines from an unregulated source you don’t know what you’re getting, where it came from or if it’s safe to take.

“The dose could be too high or too low, or the ingredients could break down incorrectly in the body, which makes the medicine ineffective.”

Taking “short cuts” could also expose buyers to identity theft or credit card fraud, he added.

The Metropolitan Police Service Police Central eCrime Unit (PCeU) also took action to combat those profiting from the unlawful sale and distribution of pharmaceuticals online.

More than 12,000 generic top level domains and sub domains have been suspended and they have requested a further 500 domain names on the UK domain tree be shut down.

UKBA senior operations manager - Coventry International Hub, Chris Bagley, said, “The massive haul detected by our officers during this week of action makes it clear just how seriously we take the smuggling of fake and unlicensed medicines.”

The MHRA says anyone suspecting their medicine may be counterfeit should contact the MHRA’s designated 24-hour anti-counterfeiting hotline,

Tags: Pharmaceuticals | UK News | World Health

Printer friendly page Printer friendly page