The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Nigeria reported that the prevalence rate of counterfeit drugs in the country was at 6 percent in 2013. The rate was down from16.7 percent over the previous five years. Officials in Nigeria state that most of the fake drugs originate from China. Source: … Continue reading Counterfeit Drugs in Nigeria
A report in the New York Times stated that the price of one Viagra pill when purchased through an insurance company is between $29 to $49 in copayments. When Viagra is purchased on online pharmacies, the price is about $10. Pfizer, the maker of the drug, conducted a survey of 22 websites that were offering… Continue reading Cost to Buy Viagra at Online Pharmacies
In 2011 and 2012, Australian Customs Officials seized over 700 packages of counterfeit drugs. The number seized during each of the two years is significantly higher than the 262 packages of fake drugs seized by Customs in 2009-2010. The fake drugs consisted of counterfeit erectile dysfunction pills and pills to assist with weight loss and… Continue reading Counterfeit Medicine Seized by Australian Customs
Federal regulators in Russia state that the available data shows that the counterfeit drugs market in Russia is estimated to be between $750 Million to $3 Billion. Back in 2005, Health Officials stated that fake medicine could make up to 20 percent of the drug market in Russia. Source: Nathan Gray, “Report hits Russia’s lapses… Continue reading Counterfeit Drugs in Russia
According to statistics from public health programs and security agencies in China, over 20,000 people were arrested in 2012 for producing and selling counterfeit drugs. The authorities investigated 14,000 cases that involved $2.56 Billion (16 Billion Yuan) in medicine value. Source: Xinhua, “14,000 counterfeit drug cases cracked,” China.org.cn, February 20, 2013.
Research conducted by the World Health Organization found that the most common source of counterfeit drugs is India and China.
Up to 40 million prescriptions in the United States are filled with counterfeit drugs each year, according to a white paper by Create.org.
Drug maker Pfizer found 20 counterfeit versions of their drugs in 81 countries in January 2009.
In a six month time period in 2012, police seized 2,600 packages of counterfeit drugs entering the city of Vancouver. In addition, one man was caught smuggling 6,000 counterfeit erectile dysfunction pills in British Colombia.
An Interpol operation in September / October 2012 involving 100 countries seized an estimated $10.5 Million worth of counterfeit drugs. About 18,000 websites that were selling fake drugs were shut down during the week long campaign, along with 3.7 million doses of counterfeit drugs.