The Libyan Attorney General's Office announced the arrest of a man while traveling from Benina Airport port in Benghazi on charges of smuggling counterfeit medicines.
The office said that the accused man deliberately counterfeited pain relief medication (Panadol - Paracetamol) and blood sugar regulation medication (Janumet - Sitagliptin, Metformin), and wanted to counterfeit medication packages using the descriptions of the approved ones. It also indicated that the man deliberately filled containers with ineffective materials and marketed them as original in the city of Tobruk.
The Anti-Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Agency, Tobruk branch, raided a factory for hallucinogenic pills and counterfeit medicines in the Al-Khuwair area on Al-Jamal Project road, south of the city. In this operation, the agency was able to seize large quantities of drugs that were being manufactured, in addition to arresting some of those accused of operating the factory, including individuals of foreign nationalities involved in the same illegal activity.
The office announced last October the seizure of a factory that produces counterfeit medicines in the Al-Khums city, and the imprisonment of 13 expatriates, along with an official of the Pharmacists Syndicate as well as another pharmacist, on charges of smuggling counterfeit medicines into the country.