Perhaps more than in any other industry, pharmaceutical products must not be counterfeited.
As pharmaceutical products affect our health and wellness, we must ensure that they are manufactured following extensive research, development and quality control of the highest standards possible.
In recent years, different reports have demonstrated the growing volume and impact of falsified drugs on worldwide health. These include pills, vaccines and diagnostic kits, all highly regulated products that require R&D, investment and innovation. Studies have also demonstrated that some fake drugs are of dangerously poor quality. This should not come as a surprise as these products are manufactured with no quality control, by anonymous manufacturers who are not held accountable and are looking to make fast profits, regardless of the harm they may cause.
Counterfeit drugs of low quality may lead to health risks and even death, and their growing existence should not be ignored. This is especially true as eCommerce marketplaces and the online environment as a whole enable traffickers to sell fake drugs on a large scale, directly to patients, with no regulation. It is unfortunately very easy to launch a website aimed at deceiving consumers with falsified studies, photographs, ghost addresses, and false testimonials and reviews.