No matter how you say it, prescription drug counterfeiting is international health care terrorism
(And so much for certain US politicians who claim that Europe has no problem with counterfeiting.)
EU Says Counterfeit Drugs On The Rise In Europe
BRUSSELS (AP) — An increasing amount of fake drugs is being sold over the Internet in Europe, the European Union warned Monday.The European Commission said a recent survey conducted by E.U. member states, identified 170 fake medicines that were being distributed illegally, mostly through Web sites offering fake or unauthorized lifestyle drugs, growth hormones and sleeping drugs … “I am alarmed at the ever increasing number of counterfeit medicines sold via the Internet. This represents a real danger to the health of patients,” said E.U. Enterprise Commissioner Guenther Verheugen.Lifestyle drugs, such as Viagra, and essential medicines such as antibiotics and insulin are particularly popular with counterfeiters, but there’s also an increasing number of fake contact lenses and even materials such as surgical mesh. Experts warned buying health products over the Internet can be a major health risk.