Illegal pharmaceuticals

As of 1 January 2019, anyone who produces, sells or distributes medicinal products is required by law to report to Swissmedic any suspicion of illegal trading in such products.

Medicrime Convention

Counterfeiting and illegal sales of medicines and medical devices constitute a major threat to health.

Combatting the counterfeiting of medicinal products and medical devices calls for concerted action at the international level.


Ten years of the Medicrime Convention

Ten years ago, Switzerland was one of the first states to sign the Medicrime Convention.

Importing and exporting medicinal products by individuals

Illegal medicinal products from the Internet

Find out in this video why you should be careful when buying medicinal products online, and what happens if customs officials discover that a consignment addressed to you contains illegally imported medicinal products.


Announcements, warnings, statistics


Illegal imports of medicinal products: Erectile stimulants account for more than two-thirds

Number of illegally imported medicinal products remains at the same level


Warning about imports of melatonin and DHEA by private individuals

Avvertenza concernente le importazioni di melatonina e DHEA da parte di privati


Operation Pangea XVI: International campaign against falsified and illegally imported medicinal products

Authorities checked shipments of medicinal products worldwide from criminal online sales


Falsified Ozempic diabetes medication in circulation

The Regional Council in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, has warned against the use of counterfeit Ozempic® pens


Medicrime meeting 2023

Collective enforcement against illegal therapeutic products


Swissmedic issues warning about falsified Ozempic pens

Hospitalisations following use of falsified Ozempic pens – Swissmedic advises against purchasing medicinal products online and from unreliable sources abroad


Swissmedic issues warning about erectile stimulants from online sources

Man hospitalised after taking illegal erectile stimulants – Swissmedic issues warning about erectile stimulants from Internet sources


Update – Warning about supposedly herbal products

Swissmedic is issuing an urgent warning regarding slimming products and other supposedly natural products


Illegal imports 2022: many confiscated shipments contained erectile stimulants

Number of illegally imported therapeutic products has decreased