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This blog is for the education of this global public health concern. Counterfeit drugs are a widespread problem for everyone.

Counterfeit drugs are impostors. They are imitating the real drug. They are mislabeled and misleading to consumers.  They may have the real ingredient in them, but usually minute traces or overloaded, which can cause a problem because it will most likely create a virus that is resistant to the treatment or kill you. This causes the virus to mutate and makes it harder to treat others. These drugs can also contain wrongful ingredients, such as antifreeze in cough syrup or chalk in pills. The possibilities are endless for how different drugs can be tainted.

I hope this blog will help you in your search to learn more about counterefeits/fake/substandard drugs. Please feel free to leave a comment if you have further questions or email me at counterfeitdrug@live.com. I would be thrilled to help!

Facts: Found in the Counterfeit Drugs Campaign brochure by IMPACT.

  1. Industrialized countries like the US have less than 1% of market value.
  2. In countries like Africa and parts of Asia and Latin America there is more than 30% of the medicines for sale can be counterfeit.
  3. Medicines purchased over the internet account for more than 50% of the problem.

Facts: From Other sources:

  1. Origin of these counterfeit drugs seized in 2006 by E.U customs were as follows, India 31%, China 20%, United Arab Emirates 31%, and others 18%. Found in Ghandadot.com.
  2. Annual sales approximately total $35 billion. Found in Ghanadot.com.
  3. 10% of drugs worldwide are fake. Fact from the ACSH.
  4. In the past 40 years terrorism has killed 65,000 people, but in one year alone fake pharmaceuticals can kill over 200,000 people. Found from an article from guardian.co.uk.
  5. In over 50% of cases, medicines purchased over the Internet from illegal sites that conceal their physical address have been found to be counterfeit. Found in WHO website.

6 responses

9 02 2010
Tom Kubic

I enjoyed your blog and wish to introduce you to the Pharmaceutical Security Institute. PSI is a non-profit association of Security Directors from 24 international pharmaceutical manufacturers. It was established to help protect patients by sharing information about counterfeit medicines and initiate investigations by the authorities. PSI collects, analyzes and shares information about the global scope of counterfeit medicines. The Institute trains police officers, customs inspectors and drug regulators from around the world.

See http://www.psi-inc.org and also watch for the updates and 2009 Situation Report statistics coming in March.

9 02 2010
CounterfeitDrug

Thank you so much Tom! I really do like that website. I will add that link into my related links section.

21 06 2011
Eal Whitfield

I enjoyed your blog and wish to introduce you to the Pharmaceutical Security Institute. PSI is a non-profit association of Security Directors from 24 international pharmaceutical manufacturers. It was established to help protect patients by sharing information about counterfeit medicines and initiate investigations by the authorities. PSI collects, analyzes and shares information about the global scope of counterfeit medicines. The Institute trains police officers, customs inspectors and drug regulators from around the world.
+1

22 06 2011
CounterfeitDrug

Thanks, I am pretty aware of what they do. I did part of my internship with them last summer actually. GREAT organization. I loved working with them!!!

28 07 2011
Travis Johnson

Wow, this was really easy to understand and makes a lot of sense. Thanks for the posts, I learned a lot about counterfit drugs that I didn’t know before. Any chance that a smart girl like you could go out with a guy like me?

29 07 2011
CounterfeitDrug

Nah, I don’t want to go out with a guy like you, there’s no need when… I’m going to marry a guy like you. ;]

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