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Raids hit suspected internet drug peddling operations in nine countries on Wednesday as part of a international crackdown coordinated by Interpol. Operation Pangea targeted the sales of unlicensed or prescription-only medicines over the net. The drugs on offer claimed to offer relief from treatments ranging from diabetes and …

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Anonymous Coward

Unlicensed?

A pharmacy can sell a patient medicine but an Internet pharmacy cannot.

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Unhappy

Protecting the people, or protecting cash flow?

My biggest question about this Great and Noble operation is are we protecting the people or are we protecting the cash flow? I am sorry but I would have to lean toward the latter. Look closely at who is supporting these operations.

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Pirate

Penis! Pill! Pushers! Punted! Painfully!

so there..................

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Coat

Online Viagra

Contrary to popular opinion, not all online pharmacies are ripoffs selling counterfeit drugs. You can buy generic Viagra and Cialis from India, where their patents are invalid, and it's perfectly okay stuff. And much, much cheaper than the brand name ripoffs.

The trick lies in selecting an online pharmacy that can and does provide the real thing.

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Internet pharmacy

Internet pharmacy cannot, not

Well in the US its bit different the on line place must have prescription on file for you. Now some tried to get around this issue by having a staff Dr write the script. That's a no no because in the US , before Dr can write you script the must first meet you and do an exam.The on line pharmacy can only be in certain counties US,USA ,America. Now some times they will turn. a blind eye towards Canada.

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Operation Pangea

Who comes up with these names?

FYI: Pangea:- supercontinent that existed during the Paleozoic and Mesozoic eras about 250 million years ago.

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Paris Hilton

@AC 19:29

The corner pharmacy is restricted to what they can sell you without a prescription from a registered medical practitioner. Remember that the drugs being sold won't be a few tubes of prescription bum cream, or a course of antibiotics, they will be the more "Interesting" stuff like Viagra, High power painkillers like Oxycontin (Hillbilly Heroin) and things like steroids. Also they mentioned fakes. This is a huge problem, even in the fully regulated system that we have in the UK.

In case anyone thinks I'm standing up for the rights of "Big Farmer" I'm not. I think there is a big argument for generics being available in countries where the brand name drug cannot be afforded, but I've also seen some of the crap masquerading as the real thing. This isn't the same as a knockoff DVD, or a copied version of Fista. This stuff can do real physical harm.

Oh and if it has the side effect of stopping my inbox being full of ads for little blue pills to make me into a stiff, all the better.

BTW I don't need them, I'm a fine upstanding citizen already!

(Thinking of Paris here)

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@Neoc

Police (and similar) agencies worldwide have a system that produces random nouns, optionally preceded by a random adjective. This is so operations can be mentioned openly without giving any hint of who they're targeting.

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Online Viagra

I received an e-mail pushing "soft chewable viagra" yesterday. Looks like they have started to loose the plot.

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Anonymous Coward

sigh

I don't see why some grumpy old man should have the last say in what medication people are 'allowed'. People should be able to take whatever they damn well please, as long as they have full knowledge of the side effects, which shouldn't be hard considering there is a leaflet included in the box with all 62 possible side effects ranging from 'slight redness' to death.

What is really the problem with online pharmacies? Have a list of legit ones and lets just get on with life and let people buy their viagra without going to the doctor to have a 15 minute conversation confirming his particular malfunction.

Lets face it, if people are stupid enough to buy it from people who send them spam emails, then they're going to get a hold of what they want SOMEHOW so just allow people to buy prescription meds.

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Joke

All your Viagra are belong to us. . .

That is all

/mines the one with the copy of Zero Wing in the pocket

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Unhappy

Small point ...

If someone is impotent, they are suffering from impotence, not impotency. The author of this piece is showing a partial lack of compentence in English.

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@Neoc

'FYI: Pangea:- supercontinent that existed during the Paleozoic and Mesozoic eras about 250 million years ago.'

I think you're missing the scary conspiracy-theory point there - it's all about making the world back into one unit, one controlled world order, man. It's all about control!

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Sam

@Neoc

They probably meant panacea, the higgerant bastards.

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Dead Vulture

Generic Viagra?

that's like selling willow bark in asparin packs, do me a favour.

there is no such thing as generic viagra, it's viagra or it isnt

and just like fake ciggies that contain harmful stuff, the fake pills contain harmful things...

remember, in india, average life span 50 drug testing isnt an issue, life is cheap

perspective is needed on why some countries allow this

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Paris Hilton

This Raid Brought to you by.............

Merck, Bristol Myers Squibb, etc ad nauseum.....

Wonder if this was funded by the US $750 Billion Bailout package for the eternally clueless.

Nice. Now off to wait for my pink slip as Joe Bunghole couldn't pay his mortgage so my company is laying off tons of people in an effort to stave off executive compensation cutbacks.

Need to have a Paulson Icon with puppet strings. That lacking, today is for Paris since at least with $750 Billion she'd throw us a nice party.

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Boffin

Small potatoes...

Probably make just a small dent. But it's better than nothing.

Shaun: The crap they sell half of the time [or most] is not even legit. You buy something from those sites are low dosage versions of dtugs --- if they are drugs at all. And if they don't work good luck in returning it. The fact that most are using spamming tactics to advertise is another reason not to trust them. EVer go to those sites? They advertise that they are hacker proof, Better Business Bureau approved, Verisign certificate, state or provincial approved and yet can't show proof. [The BBB and Verisign links should point to their respective sites but instead point to the pharamacy's own site.] Oh ya. The article said nothing about the pharmacy industry being on the raids, just Interpol and various police organizations.

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