FDA, International Authorities Shutter Thousands of Illegal Online Drug Stores
Thursday, June 9, 2016
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other international regulators and law enforcement on Thursday announced the results of a series of actions to combat illegal and counterfeit medicines.
For its part, FDA says it requested the closure of 4,402 websites that illegally marketed or sold drugs or other chemical products to US consumers, and issued 53 warning letters to website operators "for offering unapproved and misbranded prescription drug products."
FDA's actions were part of the Interpol-led Operation Pangea IX, a coordinated "week of action" that ran from 31 May to 7 June against counterfeit and illegal medicines, involving regulatory authorities, customs agencies and law enforcement from more than 100 countries.