The Peterson Group

Watchdog of Counterfeit and Illegal Drugs

Counterfeit Medicines Emerging Markets

Counterfeit medicines have been a worldwide problem for 2, 000 years, albeit the lack of recognition. From the Romans to the Greeks, there are thousands of recorded cases known to include counterfeiting in their trade such as smuggling, scams and even alchemy.


Victims of counterfeit pharmaceutical products fall prey to mutated form of indecency and complexity that complicated investigations and pharmaceutical efforts. The most notorious source of counterfeit medicines is unsurprisingly China which imports illegal drugs through different medium, either by air, land, or sea. These fraudulent products are sent to many developing nations such as Cambodia and Sri Lanka. In the recent reviews, even countries known for their strict policies against unwanted substances claim victim to this fraudulence such as Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Singapore and Jakarta, Indonesia.


For many cultural, social and economic reasons, drug counterfeiting can also be a suspect but with lack of attention, the possibility is overlooked.

One reason for the emergence of illegal drugs is poverty.


The most likely target is the continent of Africa where millions of illegal drug regulation is in process. Because of the lack of awareness, people from these walks of life remain in the dim part of information, quick to believe in promises and claims. If they have complaints, their lack of resources hinders them from seeking assistance.


Another reason for this is the prevalence of placebo effect.


In highly superstitious regions of the world, a visit to the doctor comes at the eleventh hour, leaving little time for even the most legitimate of drugs to act. And because of the averaging effect of randomized clinical trials, even the most vigilant of patients with two doctors on speed dial might not see the desired results from the medication they take. They then seek help from recommended products.


With some conditions, such as sleep disorders and depression, placebos can deliver positive results. This leaves room for counterfeit products with partial-strength ingredients to edge their way onto the market. Moreover, local pharmacies may also have loose security for these illegal products to infiltrate.


To be able to save lives and keep away from counterfeit medicines, certain measures were taken. World Health Organization (WHO), although not their main priority, has deployed a special unit to conduct awareness programs in poor countries. Many non-profit organizations were also able to operate such as The Peterson Group, Impact and others.