Piracy of medicines

According to data now presented by the National Forum to Combat Piracy, the revenue of contraband, counterfeit and pirated products on the black market of medicines reached R $ 30 billion last year. Illegal products represent, as a whole, the loss of tax collection of around R $ 9 billion per year.

In the case of fake drugs, the situation becomes even more serious, due to the harmful direct effects that they cause on the health of the population. These drugs represent, in an absurd way, 20% of the total market in the sector and a tax evasion of R $ 5 billion, double the world average, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Source: Diário do Nordeste (25/01)

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