Switzerland : Illicit medicine hauls tripled in 2018

In 2018, the Federal Customs Administration seized 3,203 shipments of illegally imported medicinal products. This figure is three times higher compared to 2017, when 1,060 hauls were recorded, and is the result of a new, simplified procedure. Medicine preparations remain at the top of the list of illegally imported substances, followed by medicines with the potential for dependence (psychotropic agents, sleeping tablets and tranquillizers). The importation of alprazolam, the active ingredient of Xanax, an anti-anxiety medicine, is particularly concerning. Last year, in cooperation with the customs authority, Swissmedic confiscated 15 illegal shipments of Xanax from Cambodia, Hungary and other countries. According to information supplied by the manufacturer of the original product, over 95 % of illegally traded Xanax preparations are fake

Source : www.swissmedic.ch

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