Illegal imports 2021: Swissmedic seizes significantly more packages than in 2020

25 February 2022 – Swissmedic and the Federal Office for Customs and Border Security (FOCBS) secured 9,421 packages containing illegally imported medicinal products during 2021 which is a significant increase on the previous year. As before, the majority of the products seized were potency preparations. Most cases were dealt with using the simplified procedure and the medicines in question were destroyed. Half of illegally sold preparations do not contain what they claim to contain hence taking medicinal products that have been ordered without a prescription or with a sham online prescription is a major health risk.

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