In the first half of 2013 German customs authorities seized 1.4 million counterfeit tablets, powders and vials. That’s a 15% increase compared to the previous year. This video provides information about how consumers and patients can protect themselves against counterfeit medicines.
Consumers should be alert when buying medicines on the internet. According to World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, one out of two medicines bought on the internet is counterfeit. German customs authorities seized 1.4 million counterfeit tablets, powders and vials in the first half of 2013 (plus 15 percent compared to first half of 2012) alone. The movie is shown at the 2nd Counterfeit Medicine Information Forum 11th September 2013 in Berlin, who the German Customs Investigation Bureau, INTERPOL, pharmaceutical manufacturers and pharmacists work together to provide better protection for consumers.
“Lose weight without side effects!”, “Potency pills without a prescription!”, “Quit smoking in 10 days” – these or similar adverts are used by drug counterfeiters on the Internet. The buyer will not just suffer a financial loss, but is also taking a health risk. This movie shows the dangerous ingredients contained in counterfeit medicines.
00:00 b-roll at the 2nd Counterfeit Medicine Information Forum in Berlin, the German Customs Investigation Bureau, INTERPOL, pharmaceutical manufacturers and pharmacists
02:01 Statement Wolfgang Schmitz (Spokesperson of the
German customs crimial office) to the question, how can criminal drug counterfeiters to be better combat?
What new trends have shown Pangea VI?
What are the concrete results of the labor tests?
03:30 Statement Dr. Peter Keller (Head of department of German customs crimial office) tot he question, What measures at international level lead to a
successful identification, investigation and prosecution of the criminals?
From which countries and ways the fakes are coming to Europe?
04:35 Statement Richard Bergström, General Director of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) to the question, what can the pharmaceutical industry do against the growing threat of counterfeiting Europe?
How can consumers be better protected?
What needs to be done politically?
06:01 Professor Martin Schulz, Chairman of the Drug Safety Committee of the German Pharmacists' Association (AMK) to the question, how dangerous are the currently found counterfeit drugs?
Which characteristics I acknowledge the websites of the drug counterfeiters?
07:22 Marina Bloch, Head Bayer HealthCare Anti-Counterfeiting Management to the question, what priority ist the safety of the patient for Bayer?
08:00 Martin Fensch, Head Corporate Communications Pfizer Germany to the question, what is Pfizer doing against counterfeits and he bring a recent example of ingredients in counterfeit drugs.
00:00 Statement Dr. Andrea Schwarz, chemist German Custom to the topic, that the fakes are harder to detect
„In the meantime, the products are of such high quality, both the tablets themselves as well as the tablet strips in which they are packaged, and the outside packaging with the colors and prints, that a layperson cannot recognize that these are counterfeits.“
00:18 b-roll Dr. Schwarz and storage space with conterfeits
01:10 various settings in the laboratory investigation
02:37 various settings Dr. Scharz at the spectrometer for the investigation of samples
04:26 Statement Dr. Schwarz to the dangerous of counterfeit drugs
"These drugs are so dangerous that it can cause serious health problems if one takes the -. Maybe even death"
04:36 Statement Dr. Schwarz to the wrong active ingredients in counterfeit medicines
"I am afraid that just wrong active ingredients are included so that can happen very bad things that people can die from it, the interactions may occur with other medications the patient is taking else. And that's not really foresee the dangers to which they expose people when they use such illegal products."