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Counterfeit pharmaceuticals flood Russian market

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 30 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1564
  1. James Schofield
  1. Moscow

    International pharmaceutical manufacturers and Russian federal authorities say that an explosion of counterfeit drugs is seriously endangering the public health.

    As much as 3.6% of all drugs in Russia are fake, the deputy minister of health, Anton Katlinsky, said at a recent press conference in Moscow. The health ministry reported 56 separate drugs and medicines counterfeited in 2000.

    The Russian health ministry's announcement comes only a month after the US Food and Drug Administration launched an investigation into fake drugs on the US market (16 June, p 1443).

    Most of the fake drugs in Russia are high volume, low cost antibiotics, which turn an enormous profit when copied in bulk. They are also far easier to introduce …

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