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15 December 2015

Illicit online sale of medicines focus of INTERPOL training in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar – INTERPOL has held its first training session on pharmaceutical crime in Myanmar to enhance national capabilities in the fight against counterfeit and falsified medicines.

The two-day (10 and 11 December) session, which brought together 31 participants from police, customs and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), was coordinated by INTERPOL’s Global Health and Safety unit and the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Nay Pyi Taw.

A main topic of discussion was the emerging problem of the online sale of illicit medicines, with participants trained on how to identify illegal Internet pharmaceutical sales, investigation techniques and the importance of multi-agency cooperation.

“This training on online pharmaceutical crime has helped the police, customs and FDA in Myanmar to play a more effective role in combating this crime. The threat must be taken seriously, and we hope to see positive results from this training in the fight against falsified medicines,” said Aung Htay Myint, Police Colonel of the Myanmar Police.

The training course was conducted as part of the Storm Enforcement Network, which was created in 2011 to strengthen coordination and collaboration among police, customs and drug regulatory agencies to combat pharmaceutical crime in Asia.