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  • OP-ed: Increase in counterfeit drugs a danger to Canadians

    Source: https://www.thespec.com/opinion-stor...-to-canadians/

    Increase in counterfeit drugs a danger to Canadians
    As the trade in counterfeit drugs grows, so do the risks to Canadian patients and the costs to legitimate manufacturers
    Opinion 04:46 PM by Kristina Acri Hamilton Spectator

    The threat of counterfeit pharmaceutical drugs is on the rise in Canada.

    From April 2016 to March 2017, Health Canada seized close to 5,500 packages of counterfeit drugs mainly sexual enhancement drugs such as Viagra on their way to patient hands.

    In a single week last year, Health Canada confiscated $2.5 million worth of bogus pharmaceuticals at the border.

    And in December, companies controlled by the online pharmacy Canada Drugs pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit and misbranded pharmaceuticals in the United States and agreed to forfeit $29 million, equal to their sales of illegal drug proceeds from 2009 to 2012...

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