Pangea Operation: Russian Contribution
The next step of Interpol operation Pangea is completed. Monitoring of 5 thousand websites selling drugs and medical devices on-line has been made.
Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs made a significant contribution into implementation of that global police operation, involving law enforcement, customs and regulatory authorities from 103 countries. Coordination committee of the General Secretariate of Interpol received information about 315 websites that offer to sell medicinal drugs in violation of the Russian laws. Facts of marketing of medicinal drugs not authorized in Russia, sold as medicines through the Internet and mass media channels have been detected. Activity of a criminal gang importing to Russia medicinal drugs made in china containing anabolic steroids.
Of 12.2 mln packages withdrawn during operation of counterfeit drugs included anti-malaria drugs, drugs for weight loss and blood cholesterol lowering drugs, erectile dysfunction drugs, hair loss drugs, functional nutrition products.
Over 270 thousand illegal medicinal devices at a total cost of USD 1.1 mln were detected in different countries.