Over 30 mn fake pills seized by EU customs

December 17th, 2008 - 6:42 am ICT by IANS  

Brussels, Dec 17, (IANS) Custom authorities in the European Union (EU) have seized 34 million illegal pills reportedly originating from India, Pakistan, China, Singapore and Syria, EuAsiaNews reported Wednesday. A spokesperson for the European Commission, the executive body of the 27-member block, Maria Assimakopoulou told reporters here Tuesday that the fake medicines were seized during a coordinated EU customs’ operation between mid-October and mid-December.

Custom officials at Brussels airport registered the biggest ever seizure of illegal drugs in Europe, with 2.2 million fake tablets, of which 1.6 million were painkillers and 600,000 were anti-malaria pills.

She said the seizures were made as part of the EU’s first coordinated “medi-fake” operation. The action yielded tremendous results and “is something that exceeded our expectation”, she noted.

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