Falsified medicines: What types are concerned?

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.

Counterfeit medical products: the domain of organized crime but also of “small time” criminals

Counterfeit medical products constitute a lucrative trade in full expansion that concerns 10% of the world medical market according to the WHO. Though it is more profitable than the illegal drug trade, counterfeiters risk much lighter sentences, even though legislation does exist to punish them. A notable exception would be certain African countries where there is an utter legal void in terms of counterfeit products.