Largest ever Interpol operation targetting online couterfeit and illegal medicines. Over 100,000 illegal prescription medicines worth almost €300,000 detained in Ireland

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Date: 30/06/2014

The Irish Medicines Board (IMB), Revenue’s Customs Service and An Garda Síochána today confirmed that they have detained over 101,182 tablets and capsules worth over €297,557 in one week in Ireland as part of Operation Pangea VII. This Operation is an international week of action targeting the online sale of counterfeit and illegal medicines where the IMB along with 200 enforcement agencies across 110 countries target criminal networks behind the sale of counterfeit and illegal medicines via illicit online pharmacies. The INTERPOL coordinated initiative from 13-20 May resulted in 239 arrests worldwide with some 10,600 illegal websites being closed down through removal of online payment facilities or domain name registry.

Further Information:

Weber Shandwick PR - (01) 676 0168
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