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Global Piracy and Counterfeiting Consultants Offers Assistance to US Postal Service to Stop Delivery of Chinese Counterfeit Drugs

The Global Piracy and Counterfeiting Consultants plans to help the US Postal Service stop delivering counterfeit Chinese pharmaceutical products via the US mail and urges US consumers to use caution when purchasing pharmaceutical items through the Internet.

April 15, 2014
 

The Global Piracy and Counterfeiting Consultants is now offering to help the US Postal Service to stop delivering Chinese counterfeit pharmaceutical products via the US mail, because Chinese counterfeit drugs put at risk US consumers, and costs major pharmaceutical companies and their shareholders billions of dollars each year.

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The Piracy and Counterfeiting Consultants say, "We are not talking about rocket science for the US Postal Service; if they need help, we will train their inspectors so they know what to look for, and how to send it back to China. Why would the US Postal Service want to support Chinese organized crime, or Chinese counterfeiters? We are also talking about a multi-billion dollar a year industry that has a negative impact on US consumers, major drug companies, and their shareholder's." http://GP-CC.Com

The Global Piracy and Counterfeiting Consultants is also warning that if the US Postal Service does not get their act together on intercepting Chinese made counterfeit drugs, what happens if radical Islamic groups decide they want to get into the incredibly lucrative counterfeit drug business too? According to the Counterfeit Consultants, "Unlike the Chinese, who do not appear to be that concerned about quality control, what happens when Islamic terrorist groups based inside Pakistan, the Middle East, or Africa starts sending knock offs of your favorite ED drug via the mail to US consumers? We are talking about a very, very fixable problem that should not require an act of congress. So how can we prove all of this? We have the packaging, and it was delivered via the US mail." http://GP-CC.Com

The Global Piracy and Counterfeiting Consultants has some recommendations for all major US pharmaceutical companies when it comes to the stopping counterfeit drugs entering the United States that were made in China:

  • "US drug companies have spent tens, and tens of millions of dollars on product packaging, and coding with little to no result. In our opinion it is too easy to purchase almost any type of pharmaceutical product on the Internet," says a spokesman for the Piracy and Counterfeiting Consultants.
  • The Piracy and Counterfeiting Consultants is offering to work with US law enforcement, and the major drug companies to shut down the sale of counterfeit drugs over the Internet by using controlled buys, as a way to identify the sales, financial, and distribution capabilities of Chinese counterfeiters selling the brand name products of US drug makers.
  • The Global Piracy and Counterfeiting Consultants is also urging US drug makers to form a viable coalition to get the word out to US consumers about not buying counterfeit pharmaceutical products over the Internet, and they are offering to set this group up.   

The Global Piracy and Counterfeiting Consultants is also urging US consumers to not buy any kind of pharmaceutical product on the Internet, unless they can first determine the company is actually based in the USA, and the company has references. The group is also warning US consumers to avoid Internet Canadian pharmacies, unless they can determine the pharmacy is actually based in Canada. The group says, "Many of the quote Canadian online pharmacies we are aware of are actually fronts for Eastern European crime syndicates acting as the middleman marketing organization for Chinese counterfeiters. Do you really want to give a representative of Eastern European organized crime your credit card number, or your checking account number with its routing number? We are praying the answer is no." 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Global Piracy and Counterfeiting Consultants Warns US Citizens About Internet Counterfeit Drugs and Now Urges The US Postal Service To Stop Delivering Them-Made In China

 

February 04, 2013

 

 

For nearly half a decade the Global Piracy and Counterfeiting Consultants has been warning US, and global consumers to not buy drugs, or pharmaceuticals on the Internet, unless it can be established the Internet pharmacy is legitimate. The group is saying, "Chinese, and now counterfeit drugs from India are flooding the United States. In our opinion Chinese, and now Indian counterfeit drug sales to US citizens are no longer a multi billion dollar a year business, these are businesses produce tens of billions of dollars per year for the counterfeiters-primarily in China, and we intend to make business much more difficult for these counterfeiters. For starters, if the US Postal service would do a slightly better job of screening what appears to be business envelope sized packages from China, or India we could probably curtail delivery of Chinese, or Indian counterfeit drugs to US citizens by 75%, almost instantly. If the US Postal Service, the US Department of Homeland Security are interested we would be more than happy to show them all of the various types of packaging we are aware of-again all sent via the US mail from China, or to a lesser degree from India." http://GP-CC.Com

The Global Piracy and Counterfeiting Consultants is also warning all US, and European pharmaceutical makers that their anti counterfeiting efforts at this point are a pathetic joke, and they warn at some point a batch of super poisonous counterfeit Viagra, Cialis, Xanax, or an extremely popular medication will hit the US, as counterfeits, and in the resulting mayhem the brand name value of the drug will become worthless. The group is also warning household name pharmaceutical companies, that because they have done such a poor job protecting their brands from counterfeiters, these companies have put their shareholders investment at risk. http://GP-CC.Com

The Global Piracy and Counterfeiting Consultants says, "We are now demanding the US government get serious about Chinese, and to a lesser degree Indian counterfeiters simply mailing their counterfeit drugs to the US. If the US Postal Service would like our assistance, we will be more than happy to train all of their inspectors, or inspectors at US postal hubs for international mail. At the same time we would like to offer our services to US Immigration Customs Enforcement to do focused control buys, so the purchases can be traced to US, and international banks that are aiding and abetting these illegal operations. Like we said, counterfeit drugs being mailed into the US is a multi billion dollar a year business, and it is time to shut it down." http://GP-CC.Com

 

 

 

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Monday Dec 03, 2012 9:34 AM PT

Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants Warns All Investors to Avoid Buying Gold or Silver Coins on the Internet- China Has Flooded the World Markets With Counterfeits

The Global Piracy and Counterfeiting Consultants is warning any buyer of silver, or gold coins, and or precious metals bars to avoid buying these types of investment products on the Internet, unless the seller has a brick, and mortar location, they have been in business for at least five years, and they have an impeccable business reputation. The group says, "10% of China's GDP is counterfeiting, and according to our research Chinese counterfeiters are flooding the US, and Europe with very high quality fake US silver dollars, gold coins, gold bars-you name it. We are urging precious metal investors to avoid the Internet, or flea markets." http://GP-CC.Com

The Global Piracy and Counterfeiting Consultants is ringing alarm bells about investors getting fleeced by sellers who are selling extremely high quality Chinese made counterfeit silver, or gold coins, and or precious metal bars primarily on the Internet, or in flea markets, pawn shops, or by classified ads. The Global Piracy Counterfeiting Consultants estimates that Chinese counterfeiters mass producing high quality silver, or gold coins, and precious metal bars is a multi billion dollar business, and growing. The Global Piracy and Counterfeiting Consultants says, "When we say high quality Chinese counterfeit silver, or gold coins we are as serious as a heart attack. The silver, or gold coins look right, they have the correct weight-there is just one problem-they are worthless counterfeits. Do not buy precious metal coins, or gold-silver bars on the Internet unless you can first establish the seller has been in business for a long time, and the seller has an extremely good business reputation. We think owning precious metals is a very smart investment strategy, as long as it does not include a counterfeiter from China." http://GP-CC.Com

The Global Piracy and Counterfeiting Consultants is one of the best branded counterfeit watchdog groups in the world, and they are urging investors in the United States, Europe, Australia, Japan, and the Middle East to only buy their precious metal coins, and or precious metal silver, or gold bars from dealers with absolutely impeccable business reputations, and that offer a money back guarantee. The Global Piracy and Counterfeiting Consultants says, "The Chinese made gold, or silver counterfeit coins are of such high quality they are even fooling expert precious metal dealers. What chance does your standard investor have-if the Chinese counterfeit US silver dollar, or gold coin looks right, and weighs the correct amount? We are calling this a huge economic disaster just waiting to happen for innocent investors attempting to diversify their investment portfolio's. If you have a friend, or colleague that invests in gold, or silver coins, and or precious metal bars please share this press release with them." http://GP-CC.Com

 

 

 

 

Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants Calls Chinese Counterfeiters Producing Fake Precious Metal Coins a Global Epidemic with Potential Disastrous Consequences

 

 

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants is calling counterfeit U.S. Silver Dollars, precious metal, coins, or bars, or counterfeit gold coins, a global economic train wreck waiting to happen, courtesy of the Chinese. Ten percent of China's gross domestic product is related to counterfeiting, and the Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants fears the problem is much worse than anyone knows. The group says, "We have read about one Chinese counterfeiter openly bragging about producing 100,000 fake U.S. Silver Dollars per year, and that's just one counterfeiter. At this point, we are telling all investors of gold, or silver coins, and or any type of precious metal bar to only buy from a reputable U.S. dealer, that has an established track record, and a money back guarantee. We fear this Chinese counterfeit gold, or silver coins, or bars, could be a multi billion dollar a year business, and we greatly fear many innocent investors could be taken to the cleaners. Apparently, many of the Chinese counterfeit is of such high quality coin dealers, or experts have to weigh, and use various high tech testing methods to determine if the coin, or precious metal is legitimate." http://GP-CC.Com

(PRWEB) November 07, 2011

The Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants is saying, "We fear the Chinese coin, or precious metal counterfeiting industry is pumping out so much product, we are now advising all coin, or precious metal investors, or collectors to stay away from Internet auction web sites, flea markets, estate sales, and only deal with reputable coin, or precious metal dealers, that have been in business for at least a decade, and dealers that specifically offer a money back guarantee for their products." The group says, "Based on our research some of the Chinese counterfeit coins, are of such high quality, it is not uncommon for even experts to be deceived. We think its smart for every investor to have gold, or silver, our big worry is pretty simple, what if they invest 10%, or 20% of their net worth in what are counterfeit precious metal coins, that are basically worthless? We would call this a disaster for the investor, and out big fear is there are probably tens of thousands of investors in the United States, who have been duped. Even worse, once again for all intents, and purposes the U.S. Federal Government is a no show-once again." http://GP-CC.Com

Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants says, "The world needs to come to grips with the largest counterfeiter in the world, the fact that 10% of China's GDP is a direct result of counterfeiting. If it's not knock off pharmaceuticals, that can kill people, it's high tech smart phones, or electronics. Our new worry is pretty obvious related to Chinese counterfeiters bankrupting innocent precious metal, or coin investors, with what could be their life savings. At what point do consumers in the United States, Europe, Japan, or the rest of the world say no thanks to any more Chinese products, given its uncaring attitude about flooding the global markets with counterfeits, or fakes?" http://GP-CC.com

Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants Warns All U.S. & International Precious Metal Investors or Coin Collectors About a Huge Threat from Chinese Counterfeits

Monday, October 3, 2011

The Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants is one of the most quoted sources in the world on counterfeiting, and the group is now warning all U.S. or international precious metals investors, or coin collectors, to only buy your precious metals, or gold- silver coins from the most reputable dealers, or brokers. The group says, "Ten percent of China's gross domestic product is from counterfeiting, and they are the world leader in counterfeiting silver, as well as gold coins, and gold, or silver bars. One Chinese counterfeiter openly has bragged about producing over 1,000,000 U.S. silver dollars. We are saying do not throw your money away on precious metals, or gold, and or silver coins, unless you know exactly, who you are dealing with. This also means do not buy precious metals, gold, or silver coins on the Internet, from a seller you know nothing about, and or buy precious metal coins at flea markets, or from strangers on an auction web site." http://GP-CC.Com

(PRWEB) October 03, 2011

The Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants says, "Apparently it is legal in China to produce counterfeit coins, and or counterfeit silver, or gold bars, so buyer beware. There is growing evidence that Chinese gold, or silver coin counterfeiters are flooding the U.S. and international marketplace with knock off's, along with silver, or gold bar knock off's, and we are urging buyers to be extremely cautious about who you do business with. You are not buying anything, if it turns out to be a Chinese counterfeit U.S. silver dollar, or other precious metal coin, or gold-silver bar. You just enriched the thieves, who make up 10% of China's GDP." The group says, "Does anyone really think Chinese counterfeiters would have any problem selling an investor a counterfeit U.S. silver dollar, a fake Krugerrand, or an American Eagle gold coin? The answer is no, the Chinese do not appear to have any issue with flooding the world with counterfeits, regardless of the damage they cause. We urging precious metal investors, or coin collectors in the United States, and around the world to be extremely selective with who you do business with. With the recent highs, and lows in gold, or silver prices, we actually anticipate the Chinese involvement in counterfeiting of gold, or silver coins, or precious metal bars to get much worse." http://GP-CC.Com

The Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants is saying, "What concerns us the most about Chinese counterfeit precious metal collectible coins, such as U.S. silver dollars is once they get into the food chain, they will be around for a very long time, even if China were to crack down on precious metal counterfeiting operations today. Unfortunately, the damage is already done." They say, "When it comes to buying gold, or silver coins, and or precious metals stay away from the Internet, unless you can verify the company is legitimate. Do not buy precious metals, or gold, or silver coins on an Internet auction site, or via Internet classified ads. Within the next few weeks our group will attempt to make specific recommendations as to the absolute most reputable coin, or precious metal dealers in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, and the Middle East." http://GP-CC.Com

 

 

Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants Urges Drug Makers And Manufacturers To Get Aggressive About Global Counterfeiting, The Government Won't Do It For You

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants is urging legitimate pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers of most types, along with tobacco companies to get real serious about global counterfeiting, and piracy. The group says, "Global counterfeiting, or piracy of products is getting worse, and having a conference, or depending on the US government, or the EU to do something about it-is an hallucination. A few weeks ago we tried to call a senior director at US Homeland Security, who had been portrayed on the news program 60 Minutes, as a go getter, to tell him international drug counterfeiters now had their own warehouses in the US, and were shipping from within the US. We never got a call back?" The Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants is saying, "We think counterfeit drugs alone are a $200 billion dollar a year problem, or more, and if pharmaceutical, tobacco, or almost any other type of manufacturer is concerned about getting their lunch handed to them by counterfeiters, or piracy, we will go after the problem in an aggressive, and meaningful way. While China remains by a light year the worlds biggest counterfeiter, especially when it comes to any type of drugs, or cigarettes, we are extremely worried about Islamic terrorists getting into the drug business. In this instance we don't think the motivation will be profit-we think the motivation will be to kill completely innocent US, or European citizens, who foolishly think the Internet is a safe way to buy drugs." http://GP-CC.Com

(PRWEB) July 18, 2011

The Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants is ringing alarm bells again, about the failure of major US, or European pharmaceutical, manufacturing, or tobacco companies to get serious about counterfeiters copying their products, and then selling them as the real deal. The group is also warning all global companies to think twice about relying on US, or European law enforcement to do much about it. While China currently has no equal, when it comes to stealing a companies product, and then reselling it on a global basis, others are getting into the act. The group is most worried about Islamic terrorist groups getting into the Internet drug making, and marketing business. They say, "As an example to an average US, or European citizen, an order to a Internet knock off drug call center with Indian sounding customer service representatives might sound fine. What happens if on the call center is based in Pakistan, and the customer service representative, who just took your drug order, and your credit card info is working for Al Quida? Do you really want to take a chance with Al Quida selling you an Erectile Dysfunction, or a pain medication?" http://GP-CC.Com

The Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants are also encouraging any type of drug maker, manufacturer, software, entertainment or tobacco products company to get super serious about counterfeiting, and piracy. They say, "Hiring an ex FBI guy who goes to one international counterfeiting conference after another is not working, nor are your attempts to repackage your products. You need a service like ours, where we do integrated buy operations to see who is selling, or marketing knock offs of your products, and with luck, who is counterfeiting your products, and then we expose them. Global piracy, and counterfeiting is costing legitimate corporations hundreds of billions of dollars a year, and US, or European government bureaucrats are not a realistic solution to the global counterfeiting, and piracy epidemic." The Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants say, "Up to 10% of China's GDP probably comes from counterfeiting, or piracy, and our big worry is China's BFF Pakistan is about to get into the act in a major way. Aside from obvious shareholder issues, or losing sales to counterfeiters, does your firm really want to sit back, and let a government bureaucrat do the heavy lifting, or bring a passionate approach to declaring war on groups, or organizations that are counterfeiting your products? We think not. Call us, and we will make a difference, and we will help build a fortified wall around your product." For more information drug makers, manufacturers of any type, or tobacco products companies can call the Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants at 866-714-6466, or the group can be contacted via their web site at http://GP-CC.Com


 

Global Piracy Counterfeiting Consultants Ring World Wide Alarm Bells About Buying Any Type Of Drug Or Pharmaceutical Product On The Internet

The Global Piracy Counterfeiting Consultants is one of the most quoted sources in the world on counterfeit, or pirated drugs, or other products, and the group is warning all global consumers to not buy anything from a group offering drugs, or any type of pharmaceutical products on the Internet, especially if the advertisement comes via spam, or now the new trend, some e-mail account a potential victim might know. They say, "First we have the Chinese drug counterfeiters, the largest pharmaceutical, or drug counterfeiter on the planet, and they do not care about quality, or the fact their product may, or may not have any active ingredient." They then say," Worse yet-we now fear Islamic extremists, are either about to, or are already beginning to develop a big footprint in the counterfeit Internet drug sales global marketplace." The say, "Do you think its a good idea to buy what should be prescription drugs from Al-Qaeda, Taliban, or an affiliated type Islamic whack job group over the Internet? We don't. These type groups have no issues, or ethical concerns over killing completely innocent people-especially if they live in the US, or Europe." http://GP-CC.Com

(Vocus/PRWEB) January 24, 2011

The Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants are saying, "There is no serious global concerted effort to do much about counterfeiting, or pirating products, if there was, China could say goodbye to a substantial portion of its GDP." They say, however, "We now have much bigger concerns than China, and it's seeming endless river of counterfeiting products, including drugs, or pharmaceuticals, that do not work. We are now worried Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or similar like Islamic fundamentalist groups are thinking about, or getting into the drug counterfeiting business, for reasons other than making a quick buck." The group says, "In the last year our web site has had an extraordinary number of hits from the tribal regions of Pakistan, and other Islamic countries, that have groups, or organizations possibly more interested in something more sinister than making money illegally. Stop buying drugs on the Internet-NOW." http://Gp-CC.Com

But Drug Companies, and international groups, or nations have counterfeit drugs under control with high tech packaging? The Global Piracy Counterfeiting Consultants are saying, "The efforts of big pharmaceutical companies to protect their products, or consumers is a joke, when it comes to drug counterfeiters. The big drug companies are losing $100's of billions of dollars a year, and they don't seem to care?" They say, "And no-high tech drug packaging does not really put a dent in Internet counterfeit drug sales." http://Gp-CC.Com

The Global Piracy Counterfeiting Consultants repeats, "If you live in the US, or Europe, buy your drugs, or pharmaceutical products from a reputable bricks, and mortar, pharmacy, or a credentialed drug distributor-not on line via spam-or an advertisement." http://Gp-CC.Com

 

 

 

 

The Global Piracy And Counterfeiting Consultants Tells Corporations To Stop Ignoring Chinese Counterfeiting and Piracy--Now

According to the Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants, "because the US and Europe are in deep recessions, corporations in the US and Europe need to get extremely aggressive about Chinese counterfeits and/or theft of intellectual property. It's costing you billions each year." The group says, "when it comes to counterfeiting products such as cigarettes, pharmaceuticals, software, designer clothing, or nearly any other product, China has no equal. It's your bottom line, the risks of allowing Chinese counterfeiters or pirates to flourish without doing anything is costing you big money and the genuine manufacturers need to protect their property--now." If a corporation is serious about brand protection and finding out who is counterfeiting their products, please contact the Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants at 866-714-6466, or contact the group via their web site at
Http://GP-CC.Com.

(Vocus) June 17, 2010 -- The Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants offers a very unique approach to counterfeit interdiction, or theft of intellectual property. The group says, "if a CEO of a major tobacco company, a pharmaceutical company, tennis shoe maker, fashion designer, defense contractor, or software company wants proof their product is being illegally counterfeited in China, we will buy you a boatload so you can see for yourself." The group says, "we can also do something that no one else in the world has done so far, at least on a mass scale--we can infiltrate the counterfeiting ring, and then at the client's discretion, we will either in a very public way expose the Chinese counterfeiter-pirate, or we will work with your legal counsel with our evidence." CEOs or corporate general counsels wishing to stop being bled to death by Chinese counterfeiters can contact the Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants anytime at 866-714-6466, or contact the group via its web site at Http://GP-CC.Com.

So why pick on China? The Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants says, "China is the absolute epicenter for global counterfeiting and piracy. At this moment there are little to no formal treaties that specifically address Chinese counterfeiting, or global piracy, and even worse, it's unlikely the Chinese government would do much to stop it, because counterfeiting and piracy profits are huge profit centers for a very corrupt China." The Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Center says, "for big pharma, tobacco, fashion, or software, you can't just pick up the phone and call law enforcement and expect anything to happen. For one--US law enforcement agents participating in a Chinese counterfeiting sting operation in China could be arrested, if the operation was not sanctioned by China." The group says, "we have no such restrictions as far as going anywhere to stop Chinese or global counterfeiting. These are criminals, they need to be stopped, and having one counterfeiting conference after another accomplishes zero." Corporations or corporate executives wishing to go after counterfeiters or pirates that are stealing and then reselling their product are more than welcome to contact the Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants anytime at 866-714-6466, or contact the group via its web site at Http://GP-CC.Com.

Chinese Counterfeiting Facts

* Over the last 10 years, production of counterfeit cigarettes has soared in China, jumping eightfold since 1997 to an unprecedented 400 billion cigarettes a year—enough to supply every U.S. smoker with 460 packs a year. The Global Piracy & Consulting Consultants says, "in this instance its Chinese manufacturing of the counterfeit cigarettes, or tobacco products, and more often than not Russian organized crime acting as the global marketing agent." Http://GP-CC.Com

* Fakes from China pose a real risk for the global community. The EU experienced a 1,000-percent increase in seizures of counterfeit prescription drugs between 1998 and 2004. A report in 2006 by The Kaiser Family Foundation also revealed that fake malaria drugs produced in China are surfacing in Africa, where the disease claims 1 million lives annually and up to 40 percent of medicines are not authentic. The Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants says, "perhaps no one cares if Chinese counterfeit drugs are killing sick people in Africa. We think this will change when Internet buyers of Chinese Counterfeit ED drugs start having fatal heart attacks in New York, London, Tokyo, or Los Angeles." Global Counterfeiting a pharmaceuticals is a $100 billion dollar+ business." Http://GP-CC.Com

* There were some conclusive findings, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, which found that "seized counterfeit goods are dominated by products from China. During fiscal years 2004 through 2009, China accounted for 77 percent of the aggregate value of goods seized in the United States." The closest competitor to that statistic, Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China, accounted for 7 percent. India ranked third, accounting for just 2 percent. This research reflects a similar conclusion to the one reached by Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, an inter-governmental group based in Paris that also considered China the No. 1 offender when it came to counterfeit products.

 

 

Americas Watchdog Warns The World About Chinese Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals & Cigarettes
 

General Interest(Prudent Press Agency)--- Americas Watchdog's Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants is the most quoted source in the world on pharmaceutical and cigarette counterfeiting. The group is warning all US and global consumers to not purchase pharmaceuticals or cigarettes on the Internet, unless the consumer can verify the product is coming from the legitimate manufacturer.

According to the group, "With the severe global economic downturn, we are expecting counterfeiting of pharmaceuticals
& cigarettes to go through the roof in 2009. Do you really think the Chinese or Russian crime syndicates care if their products kill people?" The group says," we have just discovered imported Chinese drywall in up to 300,000+ US homes built since 2001, that is so toxic, it could kill the homeowners, or make them very sick, and this was a supposedly legitimate product. The global corporate response to global counterfeiting is a to little, to late, approach. Your corporate reputations and your shareholders equity is on the line." For more information US or global media, and or pharmaceutical/cigarette manufactures should call the Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants at 866-714-6466 or contact them via their web site at http://GP-CC.com.

Americas Watchdog Warns The World About Chinese Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals & Cigarettes

Americas Watchdogs' Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants is the most quoted group in the world on product counterfeiting and piracy. The group is predicting that in 2009 global counterfeiting of pharmaceuticals will grow to $150 billion US dollars worldwide & China alone, will produce over 200,000,000,000 counterfeit cigarettes. Why the worry? Americas Watchdog is leading a national investigation into imported toxic Chinese drywall that could result in cancer, or other serious health issues, among homeowners in the 300,000+ US homes, that contain the imported Chinese gypsum board, built in the US, after the 2001. The group says, "Do you think for one second Chinese or Russian organized crime syndicates care about what they put in their counterfeit drugs, or cigarettes? We are begging legitimate Pharmaceutical & Cigarette maker CEO's to contact us immediately, so we can help them identify the bad guys & put them out of business. We also want to talk to the US & the global press about this dire emergency." For more information please contact the Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants at 866-714-6466 or contact them via their Web site at http://GP-CC.com.

(PRWEB) March 16, 2009 -- Americas Watchdog's Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants is the most quoted source in the world on pharmaceutical and cigarette counterfeiting. The group is warning all US and global consumers to not purchase pharmaceuticals or cigarettes on the Internet, unless the consumer can verify the product is coming from the legitimate manufacturer.

According to the group, "With the severe global economic downturn, we are expecting counterfeiting of pharmaceuticals & cigarettes to go through the roof in 2009. Do you really think the Chinese or Russian crime syndicates care if their products kill people?" The group says," we have just discovered imported Chinese drywall in up to 300,000+ US homes built since 2001, that is so toxic, it could kill the homeowners, or make them very sick, and this was a supposedly legitimate product. The global corporate response to global counterfeiting is a to little, to late, approach. Your corporate reputations and your shareholders equity is on the line." For more information US or global media, and or pharmaceutical/cigarette manufactures should call the Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants at 866-714-6466 or contact them via their web site at http://GP-CC.com.

Think global counterfeiting of pharmaceuticals or cigarettes is a joke? Actually this year global counterfeiting of drugs will be a $150 billion US dollar industry & China alone will produce over 200,000,000,000 counterfeit cigarettes. Still don't think its a big deal? According to Americas Watchdog's Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants, "Talk to the thousands of homeowners in Florida who may now have to have their homes bulldozed because of toxic Chinese drywall that was sold as a legitimate product. Our investigation of the Chinese drywall will produce proof the imported gypsum is in every US State, Canada, & we have proof it makes people very sick. And this was a legitimate product, not a knock off, made by greedy Chinese or Russian crime syndicates."

* A special note to Pharmaceutical or Cigarette maker CEO's, "Hiring a retired hack from the US FBI will not put a dent in this potential global catastrophe, nor will coding drug containers or boxes, and or packs of cigarettes. These products are being sold on the Internet, & you need us to infiltrate these criminal organizations, so that we can identify the players. US law enforcement is limited to what they can do outside US borders, as are European law enforcement agencies. We have no such restrictions, and what we need to do is dangerous, and critical for the legitimate companies & their shareholders." For more information corporate CEO's or US or global media can contact the Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants at 866-714-6466 or contact the group via their web site at http://GP-CC.com.

According to Americas Watchdog, "Global piracy & counterfeiting of drugs or cigarettes puts at risk every major drug, or cigarette manufacturer at risk. Our goal is to protect consumers, the legitimate companies and their shareholders. We can help & we can identify the bad guys for prosecution or exposure. This really is a matter of life or death & we can make a difference." For more information please contact the Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants at 866-714-6466 or contact the group via their web site at http://GP-CC.com.

 

Americas Watchdog & its Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants are all about global consumer protection & corporate responsibility.

 

Consumer Advocacy Group Insists There's a Dire Need to Stop Counterfeiters Before It's Too Late

While China's and India's lead-based painted toys and sweatshops have created quite a stir among Americans of late, something potentially worse is in the making. For example, how will the U.S. respond when thousands of American men die after ingesting a counterfeit and poisonous erectile dysfunction (ED) drug they purchased from China via the Internet?


In an Oct. 31 press release, the America's Watchdog (AW) consumer advocacy group says "it's not a question of if there will be a mass casualty event as a result of counterfeit drugs coming from China or India, or counterfeit tobacco products coming from China; it's a question of when or how soon." In addition to counterfeit pharmaceuticals, counterfeit cigarettes have also surfaced. AW says that cigarettes from China have been known to contain pieces of plastic and banned pesticides, including DDT, any one of which could be deadly.

As a result of a year-long investigation into counterfeit drugs and tobacco, AW established Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants (GPCC) to take on sellers of online counterfeit drugs and tobacco products. Their website states that counterfeit drugs and tobacco are "a global epidemic" on a scale too large for any one government or company to solve. It quotes the White House as saying that "growing global piracy and counterfeiting threatens the competitiveness of innovative industries, the livelihoods of creative artists and workers, and the health and safety of consumers in the European Union, the United States and beyond."

So, how big is the business of counterfeiting drugs and tobacco? How widespread is it? Why are China and India the targets of AW and CPCC?

AW says that counterfeiting drugs is a 75 billion dollar a year global business. In other words, 75 billion dollars is lost to the shareholders of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies. One would think large companies would care about that, even if they don't care about the possible health risks to consumers.

The FDA says that the actual scope of drug counterfeiting in the U.S. is unknown. However, outside of the U.S., drug counterfeiting is known to be widespread, affecting both developing and developed countries. In fact, in virtually all countries, counterfeit drug operations have been uncovered in recent years. Further, the FDA reports, more than half of the drug supply in some countries is counterfeit. For example, recent reports have indicated that more than 50 percent of anti-malaria drugs in Africa are counterfeit. AW says that in Africa, at least 40 to 50 percent of the entire drug market is counterfeit.

GPCC's president puts it like this: "Perhaps no one cares about people dying from counterfeit pharmaceuticals in Africa, but this will change when individuals start dying in large numbers in Los Angeles, New York, London or Tokyo. Great companies like Microsoft go after counterfeiters right down to the street corner vendors. In the meantime how many people die from counterfeit drugs, and what is being done about it?" AW answers: "Who knows" and "Not much."

Why China and India? AW says there's "a wild west atmosphere in China and India, where basically anything goes." Along with that, both countries strive to have the world's largest economy, both have growing military capabilities and both governments seem to ignore illegal activities when they benefit the economy. "Unlike the Japanese, who pride themselves on the quality of their products, the Chinese and Indian business cultures seem to be, make a buck today, because who cares about tomorrow," says AW.

AW warns that in many cases, there is more money in counterfeit drugs and tobacco than there is in cocaine or heroin. That being the case, America needs to "start thinking of a future where smugglers are not running cocaine across the U.S. border with Mexico; they are running ED pills or untaxed counterfeit cigarettes instead." AW says it receives 20 to 50 phone calls a day from call centers in India or Central America selling what they assume are counterfeit drugs. Further, AW believes Russian or Chinese organized crime run most of the larger global counterfeiting operations.

In summation, CPCC is warning consumers everywhere to avoid doing business of any kind with online pharmacies or cigarette retailers unless they can provide credentials. "Aside from potential lethal counterfeit drugs or cigarettes, consumers expose them selves to possible identity theft or paying for something they never get," says the group.

Sources:

Press release, Americas Watchdog Warns About Drug & Tobacco Counterfeiters in China & India and the Dire Need to Stop Them before it's Too Late; http://www.prweb.com/releases/2007/10/prweb565113.htm

Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants; http://gp-cc.com/

 

Deadly medicines illustrationCounterfeit medicines: the pills that kill

The multi-billion-pound global trade in bogus medicines is responsible for an estimated half a million deaths a year. As Europe becomes an ever-more lucrative target for counterfeiters, Eric Clark meets the government agents and pharmaceutical company investigators who are taking the fight to the fakers

Half an hour before dawn, the semi-detached house, like the rest of the silent East Midlands town, is in darkness. Two investigators, search warrant at the ready, approach the front door, while a man with a battering ram takes up position. There has already been a 6am briefing session at the local police station, and the raid has a code name - Operation Mexico.

But the investigators about to move into the house are not police officers. They belong to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) intelligence and enforcement unit, a small specialist group that seeks to keep Britain free of illegal and counterfeit medicines - a multi-billion-pound worldwide trade that is estimated to lead directly to the deaths of more than a half million people a year across the globe.

Today's target is the man behind a website, ostensibly based in Belize but in reality located in this nondescript house and an office in a small modern block a few minutes away. Malik (not his real name), the intelligence officer on the operation, has already made a purchase on the site, buying Kamagra, an Indian version of Viagra, illegal in the UK, using a bogus credit card and phoney mail address to hide his real identity.

'You never know what you are going to find behind closed doors,' Stan, the lead investigator, says. Other recent MHRA raids have uncovered everything from rudimentary machines for pressing baking powder and shoe polish into fake pills to so-called 'miracle cancer cures'.

Fake pharmaceutical drugs - whether sold directly over the internet or infiltrated into the neighbourhood pharmacy or local hospitals - have become a huge and fast-increasing threat. In 2005, 500,000 single doses of fake medicines were discovered across Europe. The following year that number had shot up to 2.5 million.

Fake pills

In a unit on a trading estate in Wembley, Allen Valentine was turning out up to half a million fake pills a day, including diazepam and

Worldwide, according to figures collected by the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, customs seized more than three million counterfeit or suspected counterfeit tablets in more than 1,000 separate actions in the two years up to January.

Counterfeit medicines are easy to produce, low risk and vastly profitable. A drug costing a fraction of a penny can be sold for 50 times as much and more. In one MHRA case, 100,000 fake tablets supplied by a Chinese manufacturer for about 25p each were being sold for up to £20 each in the UK, worth £1.6 million in total.

Britain is on the front line, both as Europe's prime target for counterfeiters (medicine prices are high compared with most other EU countries) and as a staging post between producers in the Far East and the medicine-hungry buyers of the United States. But most people in the UK are largely unaware of the scale of the problem: a study last year by the University of London's School of Pharmacy found that only 19 per cent of Britons felt there was a growing risk from counterfeit medicines, compared with 74 per cent of Europeans as a whole.

Although the World Health Organisation (WHO) began collecting data on counterfeit drugs in the early 1980s, until about 10 years ago they were regarded as a problem only in countries such as China. The situation has changed quickly: by 2001 counterfeit versions of major prescription medicines were appearing all over Europe.

The WHO estimates the business to be worth £18 billion, a figure that some forecast will more than double in the next two years, to represent about 10 per cent of all pharmaceutical sales worldwide. The WHO also believes that up to 30 per cent of medicines in Russia and in some countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America are counterfeit.

In wealthy nations the figure is one per cent - but in the UK that equates to more than eight million packs of medicines worth about £425 million a year. Internet security experts believe that nearly 25 per cent of all emails - 15 billion messages a day - are spam advertising drugs. According to the WHO, more than 50 per cent of medicines offered by websites that conceal their physical addresses are fakes.

Mick Deats, a former detective chief super­intendent who heads the MHRA's intelligence and enforcement unit, says, 'There is far less risk [than with cocaine and heroin] and when you look at the money you can make you are going to make more out of this.'

Steve Allen, a former officer with the National Crime Squad (now the Serious and Organised Crime Agency) and senior director of global security at Pfizer, the world's biggest pharmaceuticals company whose drugs Viagra and the cholesterol-reducing Lipitor top lists of counterfeited medicines, says, 'The chances of detection are pretty low and the penalties don't really fit the crime. If you are bringing in cocaine or heroin, you are going to go to prison for the rest of your life. At the moment if you are smuggling in Viagra you may get a slap on the wrist and a fine.'

The trade extends far beyond Viagra and other 'lifestyle' drugs. Virtually all medicines have been counterfeited - increasingly, criminal gangs have moved into lifesaving medicines including antibiotics, antiretroviral drugs for Aids, and expensive cancer and infertility drugs. At the height of the bird-flu scare, fake doses of the antiviral drug Tamiflu were unleashed on to the world market that contained just vitamin C and lactose.

Bogus pharmaceuticals come in all combinations - some with no active ingredient, some with too little active ingredient, others with too much, some with toxic constituents. One seized consignment of phoney Ponstan, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, had no active ingredients at all; but it did contain boric acid, a pesticide that can cause renal failure. (The pills' colour came from leaded road paint.) Fake antibiotics have been intercepted that are made of talcum powder, as well as birth-control pills made of rice flour. Other ingredients have ranged from floor polish to rat poison.

The developing world still records the majority of deaths. In China, between 200,000 and 300,000 people are estimated to die each year because of counterfeit or substandard medicines. The WHO estimates that 200,000 of the one million malaria deaths a year would be prevented if all the drugs were genuine.

Fake vaccines killed 2,500 during a meningitis epidemic in Niger in 1995. Eighty-nine children died in Haiti the same year after swallowing paracetamol cough syrup that had been made with cheap, toxic diethylene glycol. In Nigeria in 2003, three children died during open-heart surgery because the adrenaline and suxamethonium, a muscle relaxant, used were fake. Prof Dora Akunyili, the director of the country's food and drug agency, said, 'The evil of fake drugs is worse than the combined scourge of malaria, HIV/Aids, armed robbery and illicit drugs.'

But it is no longer only the developing world that is being duped. In Canada, 58-year-old Marcia Bergeron died just after Christmas 2006 after buying fake Zolpidem, a prescription sleeping pill, on the internet. The pills had been laced with traces of a medley of dangerous metals including uranium, strontium, selenium, arsenic and aluminium.

In 2004 in Chicago, Craig Schmidt, a salesman, bought the anxiety drug Xanax and the painkiller Ultram. He took one of each, and woke up in hospital three weeks later. The 'Xanax', it was found, contained quadruple the usual amount of active ingredient. He suffered a heart attack, coma and brain damage.

The MHRA was set up in 1989 (as the MCA, the Medicines Control Agency) in response to the thalidomide catastrophe in the early 1960s. It is the government regulatory authority responsible for ensuring that all medicines and medical devices work and are safe. As such, it has prime responsibility for action on counterfeiting.

Its 42-strong enforcement division, the biggest in Europe and the second largest in the world after America, comprises an intelligence unit, an operations unit that deals with all investigations, and a prosecutions unit. Mick Deats, its head, previously led the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (combating computer-based serious and organised crime). The MHRA's powers include investigating and prosecuting, but not arrest - the reason investigators are often accompanied by police.

As well as counterfeits, its 450 cases last year included sales of unlicensed and banned drugs, investigations into clinical trials and unlawful advertising. Although counterfeits feature in only 25 cases a year, they have become more complex, international in scope and resource-intensive. In the past two years investigators have recovered £6 million worth of counterfeit medicines. 'We are not interested in protecting particular brands,' Deats says, 'but in protecting public health.'

Individuals may be charged under the Medicines Act (maximum two years' imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine) or the Trade Marks Act (maximum of 10 years' imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine). There are no proposed changes to the law in the UK despite the growth of drug counterfeiting, although there is likely to be new EU legislation later this year regarding packaging and the tracking of medicine consignments. Deats says the agency will look at the possibility of using the new Fraud Act, which carries a 10-year penalty, though he believes 'the arrangements are adequate at the moment'.

'It's strange for a medicines agency to have financial investigators, specialists who obtain communications data, telephone billings,' Deats says. 'In every case we deal with we're looking at confiscating the money: we trace the assets, restrain them and take them away. We're very pleased to see strong deterrent sentences given but alone that's not good enough.'

Evidence store
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency evidence store in London

At its London headquarters in a featureless black glass-and-concrete tower close to the MI6 headquarters on the Thames, MHRA intelligence operators such as Malik use web-crawling software to continuously search the internet for drugs most likely to be counterfeited at any given time.

There are currently 14 drugs on the 'watch list', which is updated every six months. 'We look for sites with a UK base, selling in sterling - something that brings them into our jurisdiction,' Malik explains. Test purchases are made from suspicious sellers. 'Sometimes the card is ripped off and nothing arrives,' Malik says. 'Or you can get something different from what you ordered, or a drug that's counterfeit or unlicensed.'

Deats adds, 'It's front room and back room with the internet. You'll go to the site and there will be an image of a bloke with a white coat and a stethoscope hanging round his neck; they'll be offering all sorts of medicines. When we go round, it's a garage, filthy dirty, mucky, horrible. There are no people in white coats with stethoscopes.'

With today's East Midlands raid there is no need for the battering ram. A bleary-eyed man of about 40 answers the door and stands shocked, muttering, 'We don't sell it any more,' as first the house and then his offices are searched.

There is a strong smell in one room. 'It's only toke,' he tells police who have joined the search, referring to a herbal smoking mixture he sells on his website. 'It's all legal.'

The offices, a short distance away, are more revealing: in one room, industrial shelving covering a wall is laden with hundreds of packets. Two hours later about 200 have been bagged, ready to be removed for testing. They are not counterfeits, but capsules of BZP - piperazine - a worming treatment sold illegally in clubs and at music festivals to produce amphetamine-type highs.

Until early last year BZP was marketed as a 'legal alternative' to Ecstasy. In the US it is a Schedule 1 drug, the same classification as heroin. Its status in the UK is currently under consideration by the Home Office, but in the meantime, its unlicensed sale without a prescription is illegal.

Investigators also take away a computer disk and a laptop. The police remove magic mushroom growing kits and cannabis paraphernalia.

Rarely are dubious internet sites trading from where they claim to be. In one operation the US Food and Drug Administration found that 85 per cent of the drugs that buyers believed were coming from Canadian pharmacies were actually coming from 27 other countries. In one case, original spam messages originated from an address licensed to someone in Russia, the website server was in China, the credit card payee phone number was in the UK, the card payment was processed in Australia and the drugs were mailed from Chicago.

At least, with the internet, consumers have a choice - buy or leave well alone. Fake drugs that reach pharmacies and hospitals, indistinguishable from the real thing, are a more terrifying reality.

So far in the UK there have been no recorded deaths resulting from fake medicines, though some pharmaceutical insiders believe it is possible that deaths have already occurred here. Graham Satchwell, a former director of security at GlaxoSmithKline and now a private detective specialising in counterfeit medicines, thinks it is 'at least likely'.

'When someone dies from a pre-existing condition, there will always be the assumption that the drugs they have used have been genuine,' he says. 'In such circumstances there is no post-mortem.' Referring to research by Liverpool University showing one in 16 hospital admissions in the UK is the result of adverse reactions to drugs, he asks, 'How many could be due to fake drugs? Did anyone ever say, could the drugs be counterfeit? Was there any system for any health professional to ask? The answer is no.'

In Britain between August 2004 and the end of last year there were nine recalls of counterfeit medicines where there was clear evidence that fakes reached pharmacies and patients (four of them last year). In 2004 there were recalls for Cialis, an erectile-dysfunction drug, and for Reductil, an anti-obesity drug.

The following year, 120,000 packs of Lipitor 20mg tablets were withdrawn when counterfeit stocks bearing a valid batch number were discovered in the legitimate supply chain. Half of all the retrieved stocks were proved to be fake.

Last year 10mg tablets of Zyprexa, an anti­psychotic medication for the treatment of schizophrenia and acute bipolar mania, were withdrawn after a worker, repackaging the tablets (legitimately) for the UK market, became suspicious. The bogus tablets contained only 60 per cent active ingredient; some of these tablets reached patients.

Also last year there were two alerts concerning bogus 75mg tablets of Plavix, an anti-platelet drug given after heart attacks or stroke. In one instance, the fakes had been mixed in with genuine packs.

The temptation for counterfeiters to attack the legitimate chain in preference to selling direct to the public is huge. 'Why sell a single packet to John Smith when I can sell 400,000 to John Smith and Company?' Graham Satchwell asks.

Production is not difficult. 'You really don't need a huge amount of skill,' one pharmaceutical company investigator says. Most counterfeiting takes place in south Asia and the Far East, with China the biggest source. The scale varies from small-time entrepreneurs turning out 100 tablets a day to vast factories. Both producers and distributors have become more expert. 'It's a cat-and-mouse game, permanently escalating,' Thomas Thorp, the manager of government affairs for Eli Lilly, says.

'Ten years ago it might take a counterfeiter six months to copy your product once it had come on the market, and the quality of that counterfeit would probably be very poor. We're now seeing counterfeit product in some markets where we haven't even launched the legitimate one. They are getting more and more sophisticated.' Manufacturers of the anti-malarial drug Atesunate added a hologram to the blister foil to differentiate it from fakes: the counterfeiters followed suit in less than a month.

Nearly a third of all counterfeit drugs confiscated in Europe in 2006 came via the United Arab Emirates where free trade zones can be used to muddy the trail. Dubai is especially favoured because of its position between Asia, Europe and Africa. In July last year more than 500,000 fake Plavix tablets were seized near Dubai airport. Some contained cement powder.

London is a major transit point. London postmarks add reassurance for buyers, and packages carrying them are less likely to attract attention. In one recent case pharmaceutical company investigators found that counterfeits went from the Chinese mainland to Hong Kong, then to the United Arab Emirates and the Bahamas, where individual prescriptions for American internet buyers were filled and put into packets and addressed. These packages then came to the UK where they were stamped and mailed to the US, all to hide tracks and to add credibility.

Because the packaging is what buyers and patients see, enormous effort is put into getting it right. One investigator recalls a raid in China: 'The warehouse was essentially a shack and there was a pill press turning these things out at 1,000 an hour, probably more. It was very dirty with 1950s-style technology. Then you went next door and it was a complete change: a very clean environment with this large, very shiny machine printing the packaging in pristine conditions. The effort they spend on the pill is nothing, but the level of detail they spend on the packaging is phenomenal.'

It is rare for Britain to be used for manufacture, but it does happen. Allen Valentine was jailed for five and a half years in 2004 for making fake Viagra in a factory in Wembley, north-west London. His plant was estimated to be capable of producing 500,000 tablets a day and up to £6 million worth had been sold but could not be traced.

It is little wonder that pharmaceutical companies now devote enormous resources to fighting counterfeiting. Fakes make a mockery of their huge research budgets, damage their reputations, and can hit the bottom line when prescribers turn to competitor products. Eli Lilly alone spends more than $1 million a day combating counterfeiters.

Pfizer, the counterfeiters' number one victim because it is the largest company and because its products include Viagra and Lipitor, has a team of former police officers spread across Europe, including two in the UK. They in turn direct teams of private investigators. 'They're the guys who are going out there,' Pfizer's security director, Steve Allen, says. 'We can conduct surveillance, observations, undercover ops. We've got some clever guys.' Other companies have similar operations.

Pfizer keeps a four-man security team in China 'and they're working flat-out'. Factories are raided and closed down. But, Allen says, 'you can take one down and the next day two more pop up.' These days the same gangs are involved with counterfeiting illegal lifestyle drugs and lifesaving medical drugs, he says. 'We have found in manufacturing plants around the world counterfeit Viagra together with 50-plus kilograms of heroin and Ecstasy tablets. In one we found several thousand counterfeit tablets with three AK-47 assault rifles. These are good indications that the organised criminals are the exact same people that I was targeting when I was with the National Crime Squad.'

There are claims of associations with terrorist groups - in Turkey a cyanide-laced skin cream was linked to an al-Qa'eda operation; in America the FBI linked sales of fake Ivermectin, an anti-parasite medication, to an IRA arms purchasing scheme; and the Canadian authorities linked counterfeit pseudoephedrine to Hizbollah.

Despite the size of the threat, not all pharmaceutical companies are willing to talk about counterfeits. Dr Paul Newton, an expert on tropical medicines and on fake drugs, said in The Lancet, 'There is a serious conflict of interest within the pharmaceutical industry, concerned that making information on specific counterfeits public will reduce public confidence in the product and reduce sales.'

Pharmaceutical companies and health agencies argue that the wrong message could provoke panic and that the whole credibility of the healthcare system could be harmed. Mike Deats agrees: 'It's an emotive subject. If there's an unbalanced message it can frighten patients into not taking medicines that in 99.9 per cent of cases are safe.'

The MHRA and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society collaboratively conduct spot checks at pharmacies and distributors. The number has been stepped up and concentrates on the 'hot list' of much-faked drugs, but the total number of batches examined is still in the low thousands - tiny compared with the 750 million prescription items dispensed in each year.

Pharmacists get advice, such as: 'Look for signs of a removed or switched product label.' As counterfeiters use a solvent such as lighter fuel, there may be a tacky residue or fading or discolouring around the edges of the label.

Europe has a unique problem. With 25 different member states in the EU, there are effectively 25 different pharmaceutical markets, and with governments regulating the price paid for drugs within their country the cost of pharmaceuticals varies widely. As the EU is one borderless free market, products available cheaply in one part of Europe can legally be shifted to another with higher prices. Medicine lends itself to this perfectly.

What it means in practice is that pharmaceutical companies sell drugs to 'cheap' countries in southern and eastern Europe, such as Greece, and see them re-emerge perfectly legally in more expensive ones such as the UK where manufacturers market at higher prices.

More than 140 million medicine packs are parallel-traded like this every year. As much as 25 cent of Britain's NHS prescriptions come via this route, and an estimated 90 per cent of Britain's pharmacies have some product that has come via parallel trade. Hospitals and trusts, encouraged by governments to buy as cheaply as they can, are ready shoppers.

On their journey around Europe, medicines can change hands 20 to 30 times. Because the original packaging and inserts are often in foreign languages, packs and literature are changed. The vast majority of drugs that enter Britain the parallel-trade route are repackaged. Anti-counterfeiting features such as holograms or shifting ink vanish. Security experts worry that if they are not destroyed, original packaging remains available for counterfeiters to use.

Most insiders agree that the cases surfacing are only a small percentage of the total. 'It doesn't have a high police priority,' Thomas Thorp says. 'Because of this, I would suggest we have no understanding of the extent of the problem. Bigger than we think? Absolutely.'

Steve Allen says, 'I personally don't think we are ever going to stop counterfeiting. There is always going to be someone who is going to try to make a buck out of somebody else's hard research and development. The good side of the story is that we're aware of it, we're doing something about it, hiring the best people to tackle it, and we are already having some successes.'

The public in this country seems largely ignorant to the scale of this threat. But as the Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants, an organisation launched by the consumer advocacy group Americas Watchdog, warns, 'Perhaps no one cares about people dying from counterfeit pharmaceuticals in Africa, but this will change when individuals start dying in large numbers in Los Angeles, New York, London or Tokyo.'

 
 
 

Counterfeit Drugs and Tobacco from China and India Are Real Threat, Says Watchdog Group

 
Consumer Advocacy Group Insists There's a Dire Need to Stop Counterfeiters Before It's Too Late
 
By Sussy
 
While China's and India's lead-based painted toys and sweatshops have created quite a stir among Americans of late, something potentially worse is in the making. For example, how will the U.S. respond when thousands of American men die after ingesting a counterfeit and poisonous erectile dysfunction (ED) drug they purchased from China via the Internet?
 
In an Oct. 31 press release, the America's Watchdog (AW) consumer advocacy group says "it's not a question of if there will be a mass casualty event as a result of counterfeit drugs coming from China or India, or counterfeit tobacco products coming from China; it's a question of when or how soon." In addition to counterfeit pharmaceuticals, counterfeit cigarettes have also surfaced. AW says that cigarettes from China have been known to contain pieces of plastic and banned pesticides, including DDT, any one of which could be deadly.
 
As a result of a year-long investigation into counterfeit drugs and tobacco, AW established Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants (GPCC) to take on sellers of online counterfeit drugs and tobacco products. Their website states that counterfeit drugs and tobacco are "a global epidemic" on a scale too large for any one government or company to solve. It quotes the White House as saying that "growing global piracy and counterfeiting threatens the competitiveness of innovative industries, the livelihoods of creative artists and workers, and the health and safety of consumers in the European Union, the United States and beyond."
 
So, how big is the business of counterfeiting drugs and tobacco? How widespread is it? Why are China and India the targets of AW and CPCC?
 
AW says that counterfeiting drugs is a 75 billion dollar a year global business. In other words, 75 billion dollars is lost to the shareholders of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies. One would think large companies would care about that, even if they don't care about the possible health risks to consumers.
 
The FDA says that the actual scope of drug counterfeiting in the U.S. is unknown. However, outside of the U.S., drug counterfeiting is known to be widespread, affecting both developing and developed countries. In fact, in virtually all countries, counterfeit drug operations have been uncovered in recent years. Further, the FDA reports, more than half of the drug supply in some countries is counterfeit. For example, recent reports have indicated that more than 50 percent of anti-malaria drugs in Africa are counterfeit. AW says that in Africa, at least 40 to 50 percent of the entire drug market is counterfeit.
 
GPCC's president puts it like this: "Perhaps no one cares about people dying from counterfeit pharmaceuticals in Africa, but this will change when individuals start dying in large numbers in Los Angeles, New York, London or Tokyo. Great companies like Microsoft go after counterfeiters right down to the street corner vendors. In the meantime how many people die from counterfeit drugs, and what is being done about it?" AW answers: "Who knows" and "Not much."
 
Why China and India? AW says there's "a wild west atmosphere in China and India, where basically anything goes." Along with that, both countries strive to have the world's largest economy, both have growing military capabilities and both governments seem to ignore illegal activities when they benefit the economy. "Unlike the Japanese, who pride themselves on the quality of their products, the Chinese and Indian business cultures seem to be, make a buck today, because who cares about tomorrow," says AW.
 
AW warns that in many cases, there is more money in counterfeit drugs and tobacco than there is in cocaine or heroin. That being the case, America needs to "start thinking of a future where smugglers are not running cocaine across the U.S. border with Mexico; they are running ED pills or untaxed counterfeit cigarettes instead." AW says it receives 20 to 50 phone calls a day from call centers in India or Central America selling what they assume are counterfeit drugs. Further, AW believes Russian or Chinese organized crime run most of the larger global counterfeiting operations.
 
In summation, CPCC is warning consumers everywhere to avoid doing business of any kind with online pharmacies or cigarette retailers unless they can provide credentials. "Aside from potential lethal counterfeit drugs or cigarettes, consumers expose them selves to possible identity theft or paying for something they never get," says the group.
 
Sources:
 
Press release, Americas Watchdog Warns About Drug & Tobacco Counterfeiters in China & India and the Dire Need to Stop Them before it's Too Late;
 
Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants; http://gp-cc.com
 
 
 
 
 

Global Counterfeiting Costs Each Major Drug and Cigarette Maker a Million Dollars+ a Day; Americas Watchdog Launches New Service to Protect Consumers and Corporate Profits

Americas Watchdog has launched its Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants initiative as a way to protect consumers as well as corporate profits in the growing world of product counterfeiting. The group estimates that the world's top 10 pharmaceutical companies, and the world's top five tobacco companies lose a minimum of $1,000,000+ per day to global counterfeiters. There is no service like the Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants in the world. According to Americas Watchdog, "Global Counterfeiting is a dangerous sewer that will not get cleaned up with a 9-to-5 or look the other way approach". Global product counterfeiting is bad for consumers and it costs corporations.

(PRWEB) June 21, 2007 -- Americas Watchdog has launched its Http://GP-CC.Com [Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants] as a way to protect consumers from potentially lethal counterfeit products, as well as to protect corporate profits and shareholders interests. According to Americas Watchdog, "pharmaceutical companies and tobacco companies are at the top of the list of corporations losing billions of dollars to product counterfeiters each year". Americas Watchdog estimates that the worlds top 10 pharmaceutical companies and the worlds top five tobacco companies each lose a minimum of $1,000,000+ per day due to product counterfeiting. The U.S.-based Center for Medicines in the Public Interest predicts that "counterfeit drug sales will reach $75 billion globally by 2010, an increase of more than 90% from 2005".

Americas Watchdog has created its Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants service to assist corporations in identifying & shutting down product counterfeiting operations, through integrated buy operations designed to prove who is making the counterfeit products, along with identifying their retail/wholesale distribution networks. CEO's, CFO's and general counsels of pharmaceutical companies or cigarette makers, along with their shareholders, should be outraged. "It's a million dollars+, lost per day-minimum for these companies". In the case of Viagra, Cialis & Levitra ED drugs or Marlboro Cigarettes, its billions of dollars lost each per year.

As an example, Americas Watchdog estimates that 75% of the Internet ED "pharmacies" are little more than fronts for counterfeiters and organized crime. When Americas Watchdog asked a "sales manager" of a pharmaceutical company if they might be interested in finding out who is making and selling counterfeit medications, they were told, "we really don't care, its just a cost of doing business. I'll see if someone can get back to you" (they never did). For a CEO, CFO, general counsel or an outside general counsel of a pharmaceutical company or a cigarette firm, Americas Watchdog thinks this was the wrong answer. Not only are consumers put at risk, but corporate profits and shareholders also suffer, with a look the other way attitude about product counterfeiting. If your law firm represents pharmaceutical or tobacco companies, the Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Initiative can help your clients as well as bring value to your relationship with your clients.

It's not just on line pharmacies: there are also on line cigarette stores.

Counterfeit cigarettes also pose an enormous health risk because the same quality control used in the US, or Europe are not found in the capital of cigarette counterfeiting -- China. China is the world's biggest producer of counterfeit cigarettes. Eighty percent of the world's counterfeit cigarettes are made in China. Estimates are that China produces a minimum of 200 billion counterfeit cigarettes each year. That's more than enough to give every man, woman and child in the US, 33 free packs of cigarettes. Most counterfeit cigarettes are manufactured in the southern Chinese provinces of Guangdong and Fujian. Small villages see the production of cigarettes as a good source of income. However, these village industries account for only 20% of the counterfeit cigarettes produced each year. The majority of cigarettes are produced in factories run by Chinese or Russian organized crime syndicates (80%). The fact that organized crime is so involved in this worldwide product counterfeiting sewer makes going after the problem anything but a 9-to-5 job, for a corporate official or a corporate law firm.

Americas Watchdog's Http://GP-CC.Com [Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants] is the only firm of its type in the world. Its entire purpose is to protect consumers and corporate profits at the same time. The Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants would like to hear from any pharmaceutical, tobacco or other manufacturers to see how they can tailor suit a program that will succeed in making counterfeiting a much more complicated and risky business for the counterfeiter. If you are a CEO, CFO, general counsel, sales manager or outside general counsel of a pharmaceutical, tobacco or software/entertainment/fashion corporation and you would like to increase corporate profits and at the same time protect your customers, please feel free to contact the Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants at anytime (Http://GP-CC.Com). Media representatives are welcome to contact the Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants at 866-714-6466.

 
 
 



 

Americas Watchdog Warns About Drug Tobacco Counterfeiters in China India and the Dire Need to Stop Them before its Too Late


After a 12 month long investigation into counterfeit pharmaceuticals and tobacco products americas watchdog launched Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants as a way to address the issue of global counterfeiting and piracy( Http://GP-CC.Com ). Within the last few months public attention has been focused on China and India for making toys with lead based paint, or for running "sweat shops". According to americas watchdog ; "while a tricycle painted with lead based paint is horrible, and Indian or Chinese sweat shops are reprehensible, what's it going to be like when 5000 US males die some weekend because the counterfeit Chinese erectile dysfunction (ED) drug they purchased on the Internet was poisonous"

 

 

 

 

Recent figures indicate that counterfeiting pharmaceuticals is a 75 billion dollar a year global business and growing. Thats 75 billion dollars lost to the shareholders of the largest pharmaceutical companies on earth. In some continents like Africa, at least 40% to 50% of the entire pharmaceutical market is counterfeit. The President of the Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants accesses the situation like this; "perhaps no one cares about people dying from counterfeit pharmaceuticals in Africa, but this will change when individuals start dying in large numbers in Los Angeles, New York, London or Tokyo". He went on to say; "great companies like Microsoft go after counterfeiters right down to the street corner vendors". americas watchdog commends Microsoft for its vigilance. The best americas watchdog has seen so far from drug makers is repackaging ideas or coding that may be years and years away from implementation. "In the mean time how many people die from counterfeit drugs, and what is being done about it" According to americas watchdog the answers are; "who knows" and, "not much".

 

Tobacco is not much better. According to research data, two Chinese provinces account for much of the worlds 200,000,000,000 counterfeit cigarettes each year. That is enough cigarettes to give every man, woman and child in the US 34 packs of free cigarettes. This costs the tobacco industry & their shareholders billions of dollars each year. This mentions nothing of the fact that Chinese counterfeit cigarettes might also be very deadly. Chinese counterfeit cigarettes have been known to contain DDT, plastic packing parts, as well as a wide assortment of other banned pesticides.

 

Why China and India americas watchdog says, "there is a wild west atmosphere in China and India, where basically anything goes. Historic rivals; both countries want to have the worlds largest economies, both have growing military capabilities, and in both countries, the governments seem to look the other way, when it relates to criminal activities; provided the activity is good for their economy's". "Unlike the Japanese, who pride themselves on the quality of their products, the Chinese and Indian business cultures seem to be, make a buck today, because who cares about tomorrow." As alarming, americas watchdog is inclined to think that India & China will soon be joined by Central & South America along with former Soviet Block Countries as major players in counterfeiting drugs and tobacco. (Start thinking of a future where smugglers are not running cocaine across the US border with Mexico; they are running ED pills or untaxed counterfeit cigarettes instead). The reason is simple; " in many cases, there is more money in counterfeit drugs or cigarettes than there is in cocaine or heroin." americas watchdog receives about 20 to 50 telephone calls per day from call centers in India or Central America selling what they presume to be counterfeit drugs. americas watchdog believes that Russian or Chinese organized crime run most of the larger global counterfeiting operations.

 

The most amazing discovery so far by americas watchdog has been corporate ignorance related to the fact that pharmaceutical companies or big tobacco companies are losing billions each year to counterfeiters, and the shareholders of these companies are being taken to the cleaners. "Perhaps ignorance is bliss for some corporations, but this will not be the case or excuse for legitimate drug manufacturers or legitimate cigarette makers when the knock offs of their products start killing people in the US or Europe". Saying that; " but we were waiting for US law enforcement to show up", will not be an excuse either. In 2005 US federal law enforcement seized counterfeit drugs valued at about ten million US dollars. In the estimation of americas watchdog , "that's less than a fraction of 1%, of the counterfeit drugs that actually came into the US" (mostly via the US mail or over night courier services).

 

If you are a pharmaceutical company or a tobacco company, a shareholder of a company that is being pillaged by counterfeiters, or a law firm interested in global counterfeiting, and you would like to learn more about effective measures aimed at trying to stop global counterfeiting, please visit the Global Piracy & Counterfeit Consultants web site ( Http://GP-CC.Com ) and let them know who you are. According to americas watchdog ; "its time to take the gloves off, and go after this extremely serious world wide problem. There will be no second place for executives that fail to act, there will be no acceptable excuses when the disaster comes, the time to act is now."

 

The Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants was created by americas watchdog as an effective way to protect consumers worldwide and at the same time protect the shareholders of company's whose products are being counterfeited. Consumer protection and protecting shareholders in the opinion of americas watchdog , "is a win for everyone".

 

   

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