Magazine Article | March 8, 2017

Pfizer's Response To Counterfeit Drugs

Source: Life Science Leader

Camille Mojica Rey, Contributing Writer

This is the second article in a five-part Life Science Leader series examining the current state of the counterfeit medicines problem. A previous story looked at efforts to quantify the crime. Upcoming stories will look at what is being done by one international coalition to fight the crime, describe efforts to educate patients, and profile a company working to put unique identifiers on individual pills.

In May 2016, the FDA warned consumers that fake versions of Viagra and Lipitor were being sold in Mexican border towns. In September, Polish police shutdown what was reportedly the largest laboratory in the world making phony versions of erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs. Authorities seized 100,000 pills for ED, including counterfeit Viagra.