Counterfeiting Pharmaceuticals & International Crime
The need for medicine is everywhere. Counterfeiting Pharmaceuticals and International Crime is a major threat to this – to public health worldwide. A global menace, it has no restrictions or exclusions. It has no discriminations. It affects young or old, rich or poor, an individual or entire country.
Patients across the world put health – even life – at risk by unknowingly consuming fake drugs. These patients also may be consuming genuine drugs which have been doctored (altered), badly stored or have expired. (For example, one counterfeit cancer drug – coming from China – killed 149 patients in the U.S. in 2010.) For government agencies worldwide who battle this threat, it is – to use an appropriate word – epidemic.
Counterfeiting Pharmaceuticals and International Crime involves the manufacture, sale and distribution of fake, stolen or illicit (expired or tampered with) medicines and medical devices. Its description iincludes:
• The counterfeiting or falsifying of medical products
• Providing false packaging or product documentation
• Providing phony proof or testimony of product effectiveness
Its practice involves:
•Illegal diversion (pharmaceuticals seized and sent to different destinations)
•Smuggling or trafficking
•Illegal trade (the “black market”)
•Racketeering, coercion or extortion
•Illegal overseas bank accounts
•Corruption of public officials or corporate representatives
International organized criminal networks are attracted by the huge profits to be made through pharmaceutical crime. These hidden organizations operate across national borders in activities which include the import, export, manufacture and distribution of counterfeit and illegal (non-FDA approved, e.g.) medicines. Frustrating government operations, these criminal enterprises are mobile, able to “close shop,” then reopen with alarming ease.
The manufacture and availability of counterfeit and illicit goods has been sharply multiplied by Internet trade. Here “bad drugs” of all sorts are easily bought – often cheaply and without prescription. It is its own global “shell game.” In some areas of Asia, Africa and Latin America counterfeit medical goods can form up to 30% of the market.
INTERPOL and the World Health Organization are the primary global watchdogs of Counterfeiting Pharmaceuticals and International Crime. Closer to home, U.S. agencies such as the FDA, the Secret Service, the FBI and U.S. Customs are involved. State agencies are also on board. Partnering on all levels is essential – counterfeiting pharmaceuticals snakes across so many borders and jurisdictions – in order to identify, investigate and prosecute those behind these criminal activities.
But a problem exists. Here, on the local level, zealous U.S. task force agencies use the
same mega-weight legislation when investigating, charging and arresting all targeted individuals. However, some of these may be individuals may have been duped or coerced into packaging, selling or distributing counterfeit pharmaceuticals. They are not hardened criminals.
The Blanch Law Firm knows and understands this. Our firm does not forget the defendant. We believe the government, through its agencies, only presents its part of the story. We want the whole story. Our firm is dedicated to swiftly and fully investigate the circumstances and to recognize the emotional toll placed on our client.
The Blanch Law Firm team of litigators, with years of Counterfeiting Pharmaceuticals and International Crime experience behind it, is prepared. We handle cases in the greater New York area, as well as in Los Angeles, Orange County, greater Southern California, and Houston, TX.
If you are the focus of a Counterfeiting Pharmaceuticals and International Crime investigation – or if an investigation is pending – contact The Blanch Law Firm today by calling 212 736 3900. Initial consultations are complimentary and confidential.