Essential medicines and health products

What are the different types of counterfeit medicines that have been reported?

Counterfeit medicines reported so far can be grouped into different categories.

These are:

  • products without active ingredients;
  • products with inadequate quantities of active ingredients;
  • products with incorrect active ingredients; and
  • products with correct quantities of active ingredients but with the wrong name of manufacturer and/or country of manufacture indicated on the label.