The scourge of falsified medicines is rarely featured in the media and is little understood by the general public and political authorities. Becoming aware of the problem is the first, essential step to effectively battle the scourge and to better protect Public Health.
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The traffic of falsified medical products has become a global scourge with multiple causes. All possible means must be used to end this growing threat to public health.
On June 5, 2015, the Union des fabricants pour la protection internationale de la propriété intellectuelle (UNIFAB) celebrated World Anti-Counterfeiting Day. It is a perfect chance to reiterate the extent of the phenomenon and its associated risks.
Counterfeit medical products are a scourge whose exponential development is threatening the health of hundreds of thousands of people across the globe.
A growing number of organizations and associations of all sorts are involved in the fight against falsified medical products. Here are a few of the most important actors in the battle.
Insufficient active ingredients, no active ingredients, toxic and even lethal products… What does falsified medication really contain?
Internet is a major vector of the spread of falsified medical products across the globe. While Interpol is organizing an international conference on the fight against criminal organizations who are increasingly fervent about using new technologies, a range of other means have been implemented to confront the growing presence of counterfeit medical products on the Internet.
The simultaneous explosion in the 2000s of e-commerce and counterfeit medical products is not a coincidence.
Malaria is a potentially deadly disease due to parasites such as Plasmodium transmitted to humans by the infected female Anopheles mosquito.
Economically developed countries tend to believe that only "social" or "comfort" drugs ared counterfeited. Reality is quite different. Far from being limited to a single category, counterfeiting extends to all types of drugs. The fact that they are considered vital or subject to mandatory prescription is of little importance to criminals, who only see a highly profitable business opportunity.