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10-30% of medications on the global market are counterfeit

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Counterfeit medications – this topic is becoming more and more actual next to the increase in activity of manufacturers of copies of original medications. Forgeries can be found in such countries as USA and Britain.

Sometimes the packages of counterfeit medications looks better than that of the original. Counterfeit medicine if often manufactured in makeshift facilities, so that it would be easy to transport equipment and leave no traces, Nekā personīga (Nothing personal) programme of TV3 reports.

“Underground” production facilities exists in well developed European countries as well. There is not trace of genuine medicinal substances in the contents of such pills whatsoever. Close examination of contents of such “products” reveals mineral fertilizers, brick powder, paint used to draw separation lines on roads, and floor wax. Production of such “medicine” is dirt cheap, while the products are sold at the same price as originals. A person can buy them, but consequences are often quite tragic.

Some examples: a 31-year-old client of Interpol Cheryl wanted to lose weight. Unfortunately, the medicine she bought contained a substance that left her diabetic for the rest of her life. Chad purchased blood pressure medicine – it caused a fatal heart attack. Susan was suffering from insomnia and decided to purchase medicine on the internet. The medicine she bought contained poison meant to kill insects. The woman had to undergo a liver transplantation.

There have not been any such serious cases in Latvia, but people with different problems often turn to the Patients Ombud Office. Doctors working with cancer patients tell that Latvian patients often purchase suspicious medications from Russia, Belarus or Ukraine in attempts to save money. Someone once bought B-17 vitamins in Mexico – there are no such vitamins. Another cancer patient tried to purchase a type of medication that is not included in Latvia’s list of compensated medications in Russia. But he did not keep in mind that medications on a larger market do often cost less, but the possibility of purchasing a counterfeit product is also higher.

Pfizer representation in Latvia is one of the organizations that support Interpol in the combating efforts against counterfeit medications. The organization hires specialists to prevent the import of such “goods” at customs. According to them, the proportion of counterfeit goods is high, but only 10-15% are revealed.

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