Mid-November, INTERPOL’s General Assembly met in Doha (Qatar), bringing together its 188 member states to reinforce their commitment in the fight against the traffic of medicines. The Fondation Chirac is delighted by this declaration, a sign of a greater involvement of States on this major global health issue.
Just a month before, INTERPOL helped co-ordinate Operation Pangea III, against the sale of illegal and dangerous medicines on the Internet. This operation has led to a number of arrests around the world, and the seizure of thousands of products. In March 2010, the Secretary General of INTERPOL, Ronald K. Noble signed the Cotonou Declaration.
- Download INTERPOL’s Press Release on the resolutions of its General Assembly (pdf)
- Download INTERPOL’s General Assembly Resolution on Combating Counterfeit Medical Products (pdf)
- Learn more about Operation Pangea III
- Download the list of the Signatories of the Cotonou Declaration (pdf)
More than 200,000 people die every year because they have taken fake antimalarial drugs. Today, false medicines represent up to 30% of all medicines in circulation. The first victims of this traffic are the most fragile populations; for whom health is the second largest living expense and who have limited access to quality healthcare. Taking advantage of lax legislation, the lack of control of distribution mechanisms, and the lack of social security, traffickers have taken over the streets and the markets of the most fragile countries.
|INTERPOL is the world’s largest international police organization, with 188 member countries. Created in 1923, it facilitates cross-border police co-operation, and supports and assists all organizations, authorities and services whose mission is to prevent or combat international crime.|
INTERPOL aims to facilitate international police co-operation even where diplomatic relations do not exist between particular countries. Action is taken within the limits of existing laws in different countries and in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. INTERPOL’s constitution prohibits ‘any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character.’