Int'l campaign leads to seizure of 14,000 illegal pills

October 17, 2010 16:42


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More than 14,000 pills suspected of being counterfeit anabolic steroid, erectile dysfunction and diet medications were seized by the Health Ministry’s unit against pharmaceutical fraud, the Customs Authority and the Israel Police last week.

The pills are thought to have active ingredients that may not be sold without a doctor’s prescription, and also included in the confiscated batch were medications whose import to Israel is illegal. The effort was part of an international campaign called Pangea 3 to prevent drug smuggling of counterfeit and illegal drugs that includes the World Health Organization, Interpol and the world organization for the struggle against pharmaceutical crime (PFIPC). Forty-five countries are simultaneously taking part in Pangea 3.

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