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FDA Participates in Global Efforts to Protect Consumers and Patients from Unsafe Drugs on the Internet
Date:9/29/2011

SILVER SPRING, Md., Sept. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other regulatory and international partners have completed the International Internet Week of Action (IIWA), a cooperative effort to curb online sales and distribution of counterfeit and illegal medical products.

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This year's IIWA, which ran between Sept. 20 and Sept. 27 is called OPERATION PANGEA IV, focused on websites supplying illegal and dangerous medicines. The operation is the largest Internet-based action of its kind in support of the International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce.

The goal of the IIWA is to protect the public health by increasing the public's awareness about the dangers and risks associated with purchasing medicines and medical devices from websites, to identify the producers and distributors of counterfeit or otherwise illegal pharmaceutical products or medical devices, to target these individuals or businesses with civil or criminal action, and to seize counterfeit and illegal products and remove them from the supply chain.

"The FDA will continue to work closely with our domestic and international law enforcement and regulatory partners to protect consumers from unapproved and potentially harmful products sold over the Internet," said Dara Corrigan, associate commissioner for regulatory affairs.  "We will continue to aggressively pursue those who sell products which may pose a significant risk to consumer health."

The IIWA also provided an excellent opportunity for the FDA to enhance cooperation with international and domestic regulatory and law enforcement partners to effectively target those involved in the manufacture and distribution of illegal medicines.

FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations, in conjunction with the Center for Drug Evaluation an
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