The just completed WHO meeting on counterfeit prescription medicines is over. And what took place in Rome should have a chilling effect on us all.
Consider these few facts (direct from WHO, so nobody can say they’re “industry” numbers) —
Between 1998 and 2004 there has been a 1000% increase in seizures of counterfeit prescription drugs
That is not a typo. A 1000% increase.
Between 2001 and 2004 there were 170 official cases of counterfeit medicines originating from an illegitimate supply chain
And most frightening …
Between 2001 and 2004 there were 27 official cases of counterfeit medicines that originated from the legitimate supply chain.
Sound frightening? It is.
Action is required.