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Date:11/19/2009

al Criminal Police Organization, the World Health Organization's International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force, the Permanent Forum on International Pharmaceutical Crime, and national health and law enforcement agencies from 24 participating countries.

The goal of the IIWA is to protect public health by:

  • increasing the public's awareness about the dangers and risks associated with purchasing drugs and medical devices from Web sites
  • identifying producers and distributors of counterfeit and illegal pharmaceutical products and medical devices
  • targeting these individuals and businesses with civil or criminal action
  • seizing counterfeit and illegal products and removing them from the supply chain.

Code named Operation Pangea II, the IIWA provided an opportunity to enhance cooperation among international and domestic regulatory and law enforcement partners to effectively act against those involved in the manufacture and distribution of illegal medications.

During the week, OCI and FDA import specialists joined with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to target and interdict shipments of violative pharmaceutical products moving through certain International Mail Facilities (IMFs) and express courier hubs.

For more information:

Buying Medicine and Medical Products over the Internet

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/ucm078592.htm

Media Inquiries: Karen Riley, 301-796-4674; karen.riley@fda.hhs.gov

Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA

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