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France 24 reports on global counterfeiting.

The video focuses on:

  • How French customs track counterfeits.
  • How fake medicines are being sold in real pharmacies in China.
  • How people in Ghana tries to tackle counterfeit medicines by using high-tech solutions.

Watch the video below:

Fake drugs: a global overdose par tvnportal

According to the European Commission, in 2010, 3 million units of fraudulent medication was detained at European borders.
The most popular counterfeited medicines (99%) are life-style medicines such as diet pills or Viagra. However, medicines such as antibiotics, antidepressants, anti-allergics, anti-anxieties, treatment of cancer or medicines that provoke abortion are also intercepted by customs.

The full report on EU customs detentions is available here.

Europe tries to tackle counterfeits. Earlier this year, the European Parliament voted in favour of the Falsified Medicines Directive. It allows the introduction of several measures to secure the supply chains in Europe, from the original manufacturer to the dispensing pharmacy.

To read our press release on this issue, click here.

Click here to access the Health section of France 24.

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