Global Police Group Seizes 292 Rogue Websites; NABP Continues Efforts to Combat Counterfeit Medicines

March 6, 2015

An international coalition of law enforcement authorities recently shut down 292 websites selling counterfeit goods, including counterfeit prescription drugs. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency that focuses on international crime, worked with 25 other law enforcement agencies from around the world to seize the domain names, reports Europol in a December 2014 press release. The groups worked together as part of Project In Our Sites Transatlantic V, which targets illegal Internet commerce and has shut down 1,829 websites since the law enforcement initiative began in 2012.

The project’s most recent operation comes at a time when groups worldwide are fighting to protect consumers against illegal online drug sellers. In June 2015, as part of its Falsified Medicines Directive, the European Union will implement use of a logo that consumers can click on to confirm an online pharmacy is operating legally. Additionally, NABP has launched the .Pharmacy Top-Level Domain (TLD) Program to help consumers identify safe Internet pharmacies. NABP will grant use of the .pharmacy domain names only to legitimate website operators that adhere to pharmacy laws in the jurisdictions in which they are based and in which their patients and customers reside. NABP continues to work with authorities in multiple countries to implement the program.