Counterfeit Drugs

Counterfeit Drugs


Counterfeit drugs have developed into a
serious global problem in recent years. Even in countries with a safe system for
marketing medicinal products, patients must know their risks. More and more
counterfeit drugs are being offered for sale on the market. Five times as many
counterfeit drugs were confiscated by the European customs authorities in 2013
than in the previous year. The WHO estimates that an average of thirty
percent of all medicines sold worldwide are falsified. The drugs often contain no
active substances at all, sometimes other substances or incorrect doses. A health
risk posed by counterfeit medicines is immense. They can be fatal. Packages and
capsules or tablets are imitated perfectly by criminal counterfeiters.
Patients therefore often find it impossible to distinguish counterfeit
drugs visually from the original products. Only detailed analysis reveals
the differences. Most of the fake drugs are either offered via spam emails or
distributed directly via illegal internet vendors whose websites look
very similar to those of reputable and legal online pharmacies. The WHO
estimates that fifty percent of all drugs offered illegally on the internet
are counterfeit and that global sales of these fakes totals 75 billion euros a
year. This makes this business several times more lucrative than dealing in
cocaine and heroin. Drug counterfeiters not only threaten the health of the
patients, they also reduce people’s confidence in a safe drug supply. Bayer
HealthCare’s top priority is the protection of patients. For many years, we
have been committed worldwide to the fight against the production and
proliferation of dangerous counterfeit drugs. Please support us and always play
it safe when it comes to medications. Only buy drugs from trustworthy
suppliers. Should you suspect that you have purchased counterfeit drugs, report
this to the responsible authorities or the pharmaceutical manufacturers. Help us
in the fight against the international crime of drug counterfeiting. We can help
you with our information website “Beware of counterfeits,” where you will find some
tips on how to protect yourself against counterfeit drugs.

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