50% of Drugs Purchased on Internet: FAKE

26 07 2011

Right now, the global market for drug counterfeiting annually is put between $75 billion and $200 billion. That is A LOT. Too much, I believe. With a magnitude that size and not too much publicity, makes me think priorities are messed up and, we, as public health professionals are not doing enough.

There was a recent workshop that was organized by Interpol and NAFDAC. It is interesting that the Director-General of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Dr. Paul Orhii noticed that counterfeits are being sold more through the internet and even in the US and other advanced countries, up to 50 percent of the meds are bought through the internet are found to be counterfeit.

Orhii said: “In the US and other advanced countries, up to 50 per cent of the medicines purchased through the internet are found to be counterfeit. So, we have to adopt different approaches to fight counterfeit medicine in Nigeria. We have to act globally to be more effective locally, because counterfeit drugs have become more sophisticated, more globalised, and more militarised.

Please click HERE to read the whole article from which I found this information at.

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