The World Customs Organization (WCO) sent out a press release on September 22, 2014 on Operation BINYA 2. The operation was carried out on May 26 and June 4, 2014 in 15 ports throughout the African continent.
“Customs operations of this nature are absolutely essential. Customs authorities are the first line of defense against the scourge of counterfeit medications; but this fight also needs to be carried out on other fronts, particularly in the judicial system and in legislatures. We are dealing here with unscrupulous traffickers. It is essential that all national and international authorities at long last become aware of this problem and take action to protect the lives of patients,” says Bernard Leroy, director of the IRACM (Institute of Research on Counterfeit Medicines).
Bernard Leroy also stated that falsified medicines can be up to 25 times more profitable than the traffic of illegal drugs. For every $1000 invested in the traffic of illegal drugs, criminals stand to earn 20 000 dollars. However, the same sum invested in the traffic of falsified medicines can earn them anywhere between $200 000 and $500 000.