This year, PANGEA took place for the 14th time: From May 18 to 25, a total of 92 countries participated. In the process, 120,000 websites were assessed and 113,000 websites were closed. 9 million illegal and counterfeit medicines were seized. Among them were mainly counterfeit medical masks and COVID-19 test kits. Swissmedic also adds that potency drugs also made up a large proportion of the seized medicines. Most of the medicines confiscated in Switzerland were manufactured in Asian countries. Of the seized shipments, 41% came from Poland and 16% came from Germany.
Counterfeit medicines pose a major health risk if taken incorrectly. They either contain no active ingredient or less than the drug is supposed to have.
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