June 10, 2021

A record number of fake online pharmacies have been shut down under Operation Pangea XIV targeting the sale of counterfeit and illicit medicines and medical products.


  • The operation coordinated by INTERPOL involved police, customs and health regulatory authorities from 92 countries. Indian agencies also participated in the operation, said an official of the Central Bureau of Investigation that is the nodal body for the Interpol in the country.

  • It resulted in 1.1 Lakh web links including websites and online marketplaces being closed down or removed, the highest number since the first Operation Pangea in 2008.

  • Raising public awareness of the potential dangers of buying medicines online was also part of Operation Pangea XIV. 

Source : The Hindu