Israel is in eighth place in the world for the implementation of counterfeit drugs. This is stated in the published Sept. 21 report on a study of the Centre of Medicine in the Public Interest (TSMIO).
As the authors of the study, in 2009 one of every 100 Israelis bought – knowing or not knowing about it – fake medicines. Scientists believe if the government did not take effective measures to combat the sale of counterfeits, the volume of sales of counterfeit drugs in the world by the end of 2010 to reach $ 75 billion.
The most common of counterfeit medicines in Israel – Viagra. According to TSMIO In 2007-2009 the authorities in Israel have confirmed that the experts of the manufacturer of Viagra «Pfizer» recognized in the country of 438,410 counterfeit tablets.
Further, according to TSMIO, 33% of fake drugs contain no active ingredient, 52% – the proportion of ingredients do not correspond to the original recipe.
As noted by Karin Ramot, a spokesman for Mission «Pfizer» in Israel, the most common channels of distribution of counterfeit medicines – through the Internet, through advertisements in print media, the marketing and delivery from abroad by private individuals.