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Counterfeit Drug Incident Encyclopedia

Counterfeit Drug Incident Encyclopedia

Counterfeit drug incidents around the world have caused an estimated 700,000 deaths from malaria and tuberculosis alone, reports the International Policy Network. The global market in counterfeit and substandard drugs is highly lucrative and thrives in areas with weak regulation and enforcement of drug laws. Organizations such as FDA are working to develop methods to protect the drug supply chain but currently the counterfeiters are winning, according to US Dept of Commerce Office of Health & Consumer Goods director Jeffrey Gren.

Despite international diplomatic efforts to address this problem, counterfeit drug incidents continue to increase. India, the world’s largest manufacturer of generic drugs, may have as much as 12-25% of their supply contaminated with substandard and counterfeit medicines. WHO reports that many counterfeit items wind up in Africa, some nations may have up to 40% of their drug supply to contain counterfeits.

These counterfeit drug incidents take place across the globe. The fight to protect the international drug supply chain is helped each time counterfeit drug incidents are reported, keeping consumers alerted to risks, and aware of the necessity of encouraging their governments to legislate and enforce drug importation regulations.

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