Prescription drugs: Viagra but not only.
Prescription drug

Prescription drugs: Viagra but not only

Viagra but not only.

There is a boom of medicines ordered on the internet, produced in far away Countries and seized in Italian airports. A time circulated on the internet tablets for bodybuilders, to erectile dysfunction, and for diet. Then began the fashion of anxiolytics and antidepressants.

The phenomenon

“But more than a criminal phenomenon, with antidepressants and anxiolytics, we are facing a social phenomenon – says in the Republic.en the lieutenant colonel Andrea Zapparoli, and the operating nucleus of the Nas to Rome. In 2014 – the date of the last report on drugs purchased illegally online – the Aifa (Italian drug Agency) as cited by 93mila pills seized, of which 64thousand Viagra and similar and about 4 thousand are of equal merit for the nervous system or for weight loss”.

In addition to the Xanax (anti-anxiety), the network is going strong also the Diazepam (ingredient, among others, the Valium) insomnia. “In march – tells Zapparoli – to the airport of Bergamo we have seized 500 pills. They were from Ghana, but we do not know where they were manufactured. Were counterfeit with huge expertise and did indeed contain the active ingredient. He had ordered a man of Trento, in 5 thousand euros, a price quite affordable for the illegal market online.

In his house we found other anti-anxiety without a prescription, and there was some precedent to purchase on the internet. The process has not yet been done, but from initial investigations, did we get the idea that they were for individual use only, not for the purpose of disposal as is often the case for bodybuilders”.
In July, a report of Federfarma cited 6 thousand sites for the sale of medicines blocked by the judicial authorities since the beginning of the year because it is illegal. In 2016 were 20 thousand.

“When we identify a site, we monitor and we follow the orders they receive,” explains Zapparoli. “We have a close collaboration with the customs agency. At times the users give names and addresses to false. But in the end, the courier must reach them for bring the package to the home. And it may happen that at the time of delivery, clothing, freight forwarders, there are our men”.



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