Counterfeit Drugs in the International Landscape

Author: Regina Paulose

In 2012, customs authorities in Angola inspected speakers which were being shipped from China to local markets in Angola and uncovered 1.4 million packets of counterfeit anti-malarial drugs.[1] In 2013, the US Federal Drug Administration shut down an illegal counterfeit drug ring of 1,677 illegal pharmacy websites. The investigation revealed links to large organized drug networks possibly from Russia, the Middle East, and India.[2] During that same year, China arrested close to 1,300 people in the same kind of operation shutting down 140 fake pharmacy websites and confiscating material worth $362.4 million dollars.[3] Successful cases of counterfeit medicine busts seem to be few and far between around the world. Continue reading