Embassy Hosts Conference On Fight Against Illegal Medicine Trafficking
Read the Ambassador’ s speech
On May 28, the Embassy hosted an international conference on the illegal trafficking of real and counterfeit medicines.
Leaders from France, the United States, and international organizations gathered to trade best practices. They likewise discussed new methods of ensuring the protection of public health, consumers, and intellectual property rights in a cross-border issue affecting governments and law enforcement agencies worldwide.
- Ambassador of France, François Delattre
Speakers included Mireille Ballestrazzi, President of Interpol, and François Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United States. American officials who spoke at the event included Alan Bersin, Assistant Secretary for International affairs at the Department of Homeland Security, and Vincent Talucci, Executive Director of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
The program also highlighted the ever-evolving nature of medicine trafficking. Following sessions on trafficking detection, cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, and investigative techniques, the talks turned toward emerging illegal trends within "cyber pharmacy" and the role of organized crime.
The event also featured an exhibition space, where 15 government agencies — from France and the United States, as well as international bodies such as Interpol, and pharmaceutical makers like Sanofi — shed light on their anti-trafficking efforts in dialogue with foreign and domestic counterparts.
In a signal of future French-American cooperation stemming from the day’s meetings, a letter of intent was signed between the French National Gendarmerie and the Office of Criminal Investigation within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The agreement will pool resources and intelligence in future steps to fight illegal trafficking of medicines.