INTERPOL: 9.4 million fake and illicit medicines seized during largest-ever global operation targeting fake medicines

06 June 2014

Nearly 200 enforcement agencies across 111 countries, including the Netherlands, have taken part in Operation Pangea VII targeting criminal networks behind the sale of fake medicines via illicit online pharmacies. The operation led to 237 arrests worldwide and the seizure of nearly USD 36 million worth of potentially dangerous medicines. Some 543,000 packages were inspected by customs and regulatory authorities.
Among the 9.4 million fake and illicit medicines seized during the operation were slimming pills, cancer medication, erectile dysfunction pills, cough and cold medication, anti-malarial, cholesterol medication and nutritional products (News Release INTERPOL, 22 May 2014).
Click here for the news release.

This item is also included in our monthly overview, the NVC Members-only Update. If you have any questions, please contact us:, +31-(0)182-512411.