Essential medicines and health products

What kind of products are counterfeited most?

According to reports received from national authorities in countries and information published in news papers and journals, both well established (generic) medicines and innovative medicine products are affected. The largest number of reports relate to antibiotics, antiprotozoals, hormones and steroids. In developing counties, antibiotics and other aniprotozoals such as anti-malarial medicines are commonly counterfeited.

In developed countries hormones and steroids account for the majority of the cases reported.
Generally, high volume (high consumption) and expensive medicines are the main targets of counterfeiters.

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