The FDA, in partnership with international regulatory and law enforcement agencies, is targeting 465 websites that illegally sell potentially dangerous, unapproved versions of opioid, oncology and antiviral prescription drugs to U.S. consumers. The domain names were brought to the attention of search engines and the appropriate domain name registries and registrars. The effort is part of Operation Pangea XI, the 11th annual International Internet Week of Action (IIWA), a global cooperative effort led by Interpol to combat the unlawful sale and distribution of illegal and potentially counterfeit medical products sold on the internet. “The sale of potentially dangerous and counterfeit drugs by criminal networks on the internet is a large and growing threat to the public health,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. “The illegal online pharmacies that we’re taking action against are often run by sophisticated criminal networks that knowingly and unlawfully distribute illicit drugs.” The agency’s multipronged enforcement strategy under Operation Pangea XI is aimed at identifying the makers and distributors of illegal prescription drugs and removing these products and their sources from the supply chain.
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