Means to fight counterfeit medical products on the Internet

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.

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.

Conflict Prevention in 2015

In 2015, the Fondation Chirac will award its 7th Prize for Conflict Prevention and Prize Culture for Peace. This is a timely reminder to take a look at world security in terms of the number of conflicts.