Today, the sale of medicaments is one of the most profitable businesses in the world. In recent years, revenues of the largest pharma companies have been higher than the income from the sale of oil, weapons, and vehicles in the world. When the drug’s effectiveness is proven in practice, hundreds of thousands of people are using it to improve their health. Most often, drugs having an annual sales turnover of not less than several million dollars become the subject of falsification. One of the most egregious cases connected with pharmaceutical counterfeiting was a scandal with a children’s cough syrup containing a toxic diethylene glycol instead of glycerin, which many large drug suppliers ordered in Germany. The syrup is produced in China, where, passing the German customers, it was transported through Holland to Argentina, Finland, India and the states of the Caribbean region. In 2001, this syrup killed about 500 people in the world.

Fighting against counterfeiting at pharma market

Pharmaceutical firms take multiple measures to prevent counterfeiting. They appeal to the press agencies in order to publish specialized and popular publications with a warning. Representatives of these companies visit doctors and pharmacists, informing them about possible fakes, explain how to distinguish genuine products from counterfeits. With the same purpose, manufacturers are constantly improving medicament’s packages.

How to avoid buying of fake medicaments?

1. Never buy medicaments from friends, acquaintances etc.
2. Do not buy products that are not recommended by a doctor whom you trust.
3. Buy medicines in the pharmacies where you can always buy them (the longer you are not deceived, the less likely that you will be deceived). You have the right to ask pharmacy employee to present official documents containing the name of the medicament, the firm, the country of manufacturing etc.
4. Ask the doctor to show you how primary and secondary packaging of prescribed remedies and the form of the drug look. In order to complicate or preclude the possibility of counterfeiting, pharma companies usually make markings on the packaging and pills or capsules. For instance, Viagra for men pills have “Pfizer” and “VGR” markings.
5. Counterfeiters know that people do not always carefully examine the packaging and therefore often do not attach importance to its content. When buying medicaments, do not be lazy and make sure that the name of the drug and the active substance are exactly the same as remedies prescribed by your healthcare expert.
6. Do not buy medicines on untrusted websites. Check for a physical address of an online store. Pay attention to the price. If it is very low, most likely, you have stumbled upon a fake pharmacy.

Healthy man Viagra counterfeiting

A few years ago, you might have heard a radio program in which the so-called Healthy Man promoted cheap Viagra, which could be purchased at newhealthyman.com. Healthy male Viagra website offered to get Viagra for less than $3 per pill instead of $15 per each pill that’s proposed by US pharmacies. But according to the website, the offered form Viagra wasn’t FDA-approved. So, the quality of the product is in question: it could be either an ordinary generic or a fake.