Counterfeit drugs generates US $ 75 billion, says laboratory


Source: Portal Az, 27/09/2008

Counterfeiting of drugs generates at least $ 75 billion worldwide, said David Shore, director of global security at Pfizer.

According to Shore, it is "very difficult to know the real magnitude of the problem". He says that the parallel market grows at a rate of 30% per year.

The internet has become the springboard for this global scale trade. According to WHO (World Health Organization), 62% of medicines sold on the web are fake.

According to the forecasts of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, in the United States, this market will reach a volume of approximately 55,5 billion euros in 2010, with an increase of more than 90% since 2005.