Annual Deaths from Counterfeit Drugs

According to a report by the International Policy Network based in Washington, DC, up to 700,000 people die each year due to counterfeit malaria and tuberculosis drugs. In some developing countries, up to 30 percent of all medicines being dispersed are fakes, according to the World Health Organization. Most of the counterfeit drugs in circulation… Continue reading Annual Deaths from Counterfeit Drugs

Counterfeit goods seizures in the EU in 2011

In 2011, Customs officials in the European Union seized 115 million counterfeit items. The fake goods were worth $1.57 Billion (1.3 Billion Euros).73 percent of the counterfeit goods came from China. The most seized item was counterfeit drugs, which accounted 24 percent of the total.

Fake Malaria Drugs Worldwide

A scientific study conducted by the National Institute of Health in the United States found that up to one-third of all malaria drugs taken around the world is counterfeit. The fake drugs and other poor-quality drugs are causing resistance to malaria and failure of treatment.

Fake Drugs in Liberia

The head of the Liberia Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority stated that up to 60 percent of the drugs that are on the market in Liberia are counterfeit. The fake drugs enter the country from Guinea on the back of trucks that are not inspected at the border. Many Liberians purchase their medicines from street vendors.

Fake Drugs in Pakistan

The World Health Organization estimates that between 30 to 40 percent of all drugs and medicine in Pakistan is counterfeit. According to an official with a pharmaceutical organization, over 100 patients died at a single hospital due to taking counterfeit heart medications.

Percentage of Fake Medication Around the World

The World Health Organization estimates that around 10 percent of all drugs around the world are counterfeit. In Less Developing countries, the percentage of counterfeit drugs in circulation could be as high as 33 percent, while in Develop countries the rate of fake drugs is less than 1 percent.