By Camille Mojica Rey, Contributing Writer
This is the final article in a four-part Life Science Leader series examining the current state of the counterfeit medicines problem. Previous stories looked at efforts to quantify the crime, examined the issue from the perspective of industry giant Pfizer, and described what is being done by an international coalition to fight the crime.
In 2016, the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) estimated that 20 rogue online pharmacies are launched every day. Unsuspecting patients do not realize that 96 percent of these sites are bogus. They risk their health if the pills have no active ingredients or contain deadly ingredients. They put themselves at risk of identity theft. They also unknowingly fund organized crime and terrorists.