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Parliamentary questions
12 October 2017
E-006414-17
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nuno Melo (PPE)

 Subject:  25 million fake medicines seized in international operation

As a result of Operation Pangea X, in which 123 countries were involved in an action coordinated by INTERPOL, together with the World Customs Organisation (WCO), the Permanent Forum on International Pharmaceutical Crime (PFIPC), the Heads of Medicines Agencies’ Working Group of Enforcement Officers (WGEO), and the Portuguese national medicines agency, Infarmed, about 400 people were arrested and 25 million potentially lethal fake medicines were seized.

Following a total of 1 058 investigations, more than 3 000 advertisements for illicit pharmaceuticals posted on social media platforms were suspended, and 3 584 websites were also taken offline.

The most notable examples of illegal counterfeit medicines include dietary supplements, painkillers, epilepsy medication, erectile dysfunction pills, and antipsychotics; the operation also extended to nutritional products, illicit medical devices — dental devices and implants, for instance — and condoms.

Is the Commission keeping the findings of the investigation under review, bearing in mind that the sale of illegal medicines and medical devices endangers public health?

Original language of question: PT 
Last updated: 9 November 2017Legal notice