Operation Pangea XVI Seizes $7 Million in Counterfeit Drugs

LYON, France – The results of a major operation to crack down on illicit medicines across 89 countries have been announced today.

The annual campaign targets illicit medicines that pose a significant threat to consumer safety, including counterfeit medicines and medicines diverted from legal and regulated supply chains. They also represent a major source of income for transnational organized crime groups and support other crime activity.

During Operation Pangea XVI, more than $7 million worth of dangerous pharmaceuticals were seized; 1,300 criminal websites were closed; and 72 suspects were arrested. An initiative led by INTERPOL, Operation Pangea XVI aimed to combat global trafficking of counterfeit medications across 89 countries. During the weeklong investigation in October, law enforcement reported that erectile dysfunction medications continue to be the most seized medication, followed by psychotherapeutic agents such as antidepressants, antianxiety medications, and stimulants.