Experts Warn of Counterfeit Medicines Risks

Experts warn: Consumers who buy from fake online pharmacies may end up with counterfeit medicines that damage their health. A full 75 % of consumers who purchased medicine from fake “online pharmacies” couldn’t distinguish the fake from the real medicines and only learn that their medicines are tainted or substandard when it’s too late. 


Fake drugs: a global overdose

France24 investigates the “worldwide ring of counterfeit medications.” According to the video report, e-commerce explosion has accelerated the way counterfeit medicine arrives in Europe. In 2010, the European Commission confiscated 3 million units of fake drugs. But the distribution of counterfeit medicine is not limited to Europe - Pfizer brands alone have been counterfeited in 101 countries. Watch the video to learn more.

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Today, Americans can largely protect themselves by avoiding fake online pharmacies. But drug importation legislation could inadvertently threaten the safety of our medicine supply – and exacerbate the problem of counterfeit medicine – by exposing our protected supply chain to medicines from abroad. 

WATCH CNBC video of John Clarke, head of Pfizer’s initiative to fight counterfeit medicine from around the world. In 2009, global law enforcement seized over 11 million dosages of counterfeit Pfizer medicines. Today, threats from these dangerous counterfeit drugs exist largely outside the U.S. But Washington might loosen our closed, protected medicine supply chain system by allowing medicine importation. 

Another Reason Why: 61 cancer patients hospitalized…

Sixty-one Chinese citizens were hospitalized in 2011 after a fake cancer treatment they were given at a Shanghai Hospital. Of the 61 hospitalized, 17 required surgery. The Shanghai Ruijin-AmMed Cancer Center that illegally purchased the fake drugs before passing them on to the hospital had its drug sales license revoked. Some of the suspected counterfeiters worked at the cancer center itself.

In the United States, ICE, CBP, FDA, the Postal Inspection Service, the FBI and many local law enforcement agencies including State Attorneys General offices attack the counterfeit pharmaceutical problem.

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Counterfeit Drugs: How Much of a Problem Are They?

Baltimore Sun

April 21, 2011

Source Los Angeles Times