China cracks down on fake Viagra producers

To help deal with the $3 billion industry of counterfeit drugs in China, the U.S. opened its first FDA office overseas in Beijing in 2008. China is also receiving pressure from drug companies. Viagra, which accounts for $1.2 billion of Pfizer's revenue, is one of the most popular fake drugs, with counterfeits found in 101 countries. Working with the police, Pfizer investigators have found fake Viagra pills with no active drug, too much of the active ingredient, or harmful chemicals like amphetamines. Some producers have even mixed in the contents of inkjet cartridges from printers to make their pills the right color.


Chinese authorities used to have to prove that fake pills were harmful to human health to prosecute counterfeiters, but in February the law was amended to prosecute anyone making counterfeits. The maximum penalty was also raised to death.


These regulations came in the wake of similar laws in India, where 25% of medicines sold are fake. In 2009 India strengthened laws regarding counterfeit drugs and raised the maximum penalty for producing fake pills to life in prison.


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Everything is made in China, including a huge percent of counterfeit drugs according to a report by Bloomberg News. While less than 1% of medicines in developed countries are fakes, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 30% of medicines in developing countries are counterfeit. China and India are the biggest producers of imitation drugs. The largest problem the U.S. has with fake drugs is with erectile dysfunction, diet, and mental illness drugs. Under pressure from the U.S., China is finally starting to crackdown on this illegal trade. This month a team of 16,000 officers jailed eight sex-pill makers and raided over 1,400 drug dens.

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