Eric Przyswa, Associate Researcher at Mine Paris Tech’s Centre for Research on Risk and Crises, headed up the study, which was primarily motivated by the absence of verifiable figures and data on the traffic of falsified medicines. The report aims to raise awareness, which as pointed out by Professor Gentilini, the Fondation Chirac’s General Delegate for Access to Quality Health and Medicines, is a crucial link towards a lasting solution.
The report sheds light in particular on the different forms taken by criminal structures. It analyses their processes, from the manufacture to the sale of counterfeit products. Falsified medicines are increasingly being circulated on the Internet; becoming the newest form of cyber crime. It also reminds us that the reason criminals are especially drawn to this lucrative trade is that there is little risk.
This is why the Fondation Chirac has been active since 2009. The Fondation began with President Chirac’s Cotonou Declaration and continued with the Council of Europe’s MEDICRIME Convention. Of the Convention’s twenty-two signatory countries, only two have completed the ratification process – Ukraine and Spain. Five ratifications are required for the Convention to enter into force; three of which must be made by members of the Council of Europe.
Click through to read the report on the IRACM website.