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Record number of fake drugs are seized in crackdown

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 28 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f4204
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Counterfeit and unlicensed drugs worth £12.2m (€14.2m; $18.6m) have been seized in the United Kingdom as part of an international crackdown on the illegal internet trade.

The UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) worked with customs officials, the police, and agencies around the world as part of Operation Pangea VI. The week long operation resulted in 58 people being arrested worldwide and the seizure of 9.9 million doses of unlicensed and fake drugs, worth around £26.8m. Drugs seized included those for erectile dysfunction, weight loss, cancer, acne, and depression.

The operation, coordinated by Interpol, involved 99 countries and resulted …

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