More than 100 online pharmacies no longer have access to web domains like buyhydrocodoneonline.com and buyklonopin.com after the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) seized their sites for selling unapproved prescription drugs.
As part of a major global operation known as Operation Pangea X, an international effort by INTERPOL and the Permanent Forum on International Pharmaceutical Crime, the FDA took action against more than 500 websites that illegally sell potentially dangerous, unapproved versions of prescription medicines.
Operation Pangea was initiated in 2008 to tackle the online sale of counterfeit and illicit medicines and highlighting the dangers to consumers.
Illegal online pharmacies pose a threat to the public by providing easy access to substandard, counterfeit and falsified pharmaceuticals. There is no way for a consumer to verify that the pharmaceuticals they receive from illegal online pharmacies are the medicines they claim to be. Often the dosages are incorrect, have deteriorated, or the medication might not even contain any active pharmaceutical ingredients. The involvement of organized crime in this type of trafficking requires close international police cooperation to identify the criminal networks engaged in this crime.
During this most recent operation, FDA inspectors also screened packages suspected of containing illegal drug products at International Mail Facilities in Chicago, Miami and New York during the IIWA. These screenings resulted in nearly 500 parcels being detained for appropriate FDA compliance follow up.
Read more about the FDA’s most recent operation against online pharmacies in MedPage Today
Read the latest (March 2017) on Operation Pangea from Interpol