Counterfeit Drugs: A Growing Problem in U.S. and Other Countries

posted by Dr. Ad Versery Bored @ 10:00 AM
June 1, 2014

Counterfeit-Drugs        Among many dangerously factors attacking patients and health practitioners recently, one of the the most dangerous is the arrival of fake drugs––now not only in poorer nations, but in First World nations as well.

Members of organized crime find the enterprise of counterfeit medicines makes far more money than ‘regular’ crimes, is easier to carry out, and usually garners far less jail time if caught! The problem: fake drugs kill people!

Roger Bate of the American Enterprise Institute estimates that these fake medicines kill at least 100,000 people a year, mostly in poorer countries.  Usually drug smugglers of heroin or cocaine expect harsh sentences, but, as explains: “Some governments deem drug-counterfeiting a trivial offense, little more than a common irritant. After all, whose spam filter does not groan with ads for suspiciously cheap “Viagra?” But what about those without computers?

The international police force––Interpol––warns that ‘Pharmaceutical Crime’ involves the manufacture, trade and distribution of fake, stolen or illicit medicines and medical devices. It encompasses the counterfeiting and falsification of medical products, their packaging and associated documentation, as well as theft, fraud, illicit diversion, smuggling, trafficking, the illegal trade of medical products and the money laundering associated with it.”

That agency is particularly stressed by the rise of these illegal sales through internet purchases, and across state lines: “They operate across national borders in activities that include the import, export, manufacture and distribution of counterfeit and illicit medicines.”

In ‘The Painful Costs of Counterfeit Prescription Drugs,’ Paul Toscano explains: “The counterfeit pharmaceuticals industry is estimated to be a billion-dollar industry. . . The drugs often have incorrect amounts of active ingredients, if those ingredients are present at all, and are illegal in developed countries.”
For some years now, international police officials have known, and the World Health Organization certifies, that counterfeit prescription drugs can make up as much as 70% of drugs supplied to the poorest nations are fake!

The U. N. Office on Drugs and Crime says: “. . . the sale of fraudulent medicines from East Asia and the Pacific to Pharmacy-cellSouth-East Asia and Africa alone amounts to some $5 billion per year.” Several years ago, it could be said that, because of better regulatory and marketing control in wealthier countries, illegal drug seepage was under one percent.  But that is no longer the case.

According to Toscano, “FDA confirmed that counterfeit versions of legitimate drugs, including Ambien, Xanax, Lexapro, and Ativan, are available for Americans to purchase online.  John Clark of Pfizer adds: “Counterfeiters used to operate chiefly in developing countries, says Mr Clark, but now his firm sees fakes coming from such rich and well-regulated places as Canada and Britain.”

As well-used Christian Bibles alert believers: “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive (Ephesians 4: 14).” Of course the source of fake drugs is that killer, Satan, and true believers never cooperate with that fein.

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