This Global Fraud Kills

Counterfeit Drug Fraud Continues to be a Scourge Around the World

By Richard Hurley, Ph.D., J.D., CFE, CPA;Tim Harvey, CFE, JP


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Examining Cross-Border Issues 

Counterfeit Drugs Kill! This is the title to a bulletin prepared by the World Health Organization (WHO) and its creation, the International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce (IMPACT). In February 2006, the WHO began IMPACT, comprised of all 193 WHO member states, to break down international barriers in the anti-counterfeiting drug traffic environment. The two groups describe fake drugs as those that "are deliberately and fraudulently mislabeled with respect to identity or source: their quality is unpredictable as they may contain the wrong amount of active ingredients, wrong ingredients or no active ingredients." Counterfeit drugs harm many unsuspecting victims. In some cases, they pay the ultimate price - their lives.

"We have seen that the threat from economically motivated adulteration, counterfeiting and cargo theft is real," said Margaret Hamburgh, M.D., commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, during the first Partnership for Safe Medicines Interchange on Oct. 8, 2010, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. "And, unfortunately we know the results can be tragic. In Haiti, Panama and Nigeria, many children died due to cough syrup and teething medication poisoned with diethylene glycol." (Diethylene glycol is a colorless, sweet-tasting organic compound widely used as an industrial solvent.) These are not isolated incidents. Hamburgh spoke of others.

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By CarolO
Minor technical point: the cough syrup ingested was not "paracetamol," which is a mild pain reliever (think acetaminophen). The fake cough syrup was supposed to contain paracetamol but was also adulterated with diethylene glycol.
By Andendekisye
This articles is very important to the development countries like Tanzania where all rubbish items are dumping on. example recently there where a news reported in the magazine that there are drug which are not fit to human consumption, but immediately in the midnight the drug dissappeared and no one have been accountable for. Till now it is not known whether the drug are on the market and Tanzanian are taking as authourized drug. I on the investigation process to see this practice. Are many things happening due to fraud and other illegal means of penetrating illegal money for the counterfetit drug. I appeal to WHO that, this issue MUST have the foremost Campaign beyond the campaign of malaria, HIV/AID, Tubercouiss, Canser. Thanks Andendekisye Mitala Mwakabalula ACFE member email;
Thank you for this informative article. I do appreciate all your efforts.
By 628wheaties
It is good to read such a fine article like this to alert organizations and individuals of such a problem. Keep up the good work!