Counterfeit and Importation Resources

This product information is intended only for residents of the United States.

External Helpful Web sites

Below is a list of Web sites that provide more information about counterfeit and importation.

United States Web sites

—Organization that represents and advocates for U.S. pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

  • —PhRMA-sponsored clearinghouse for the latest news, policies, opinion, and research on prescription drug importation that also provides news alerts and information about alternatives to importation.
  • —PhRMA program that provides the basics of medicine safety, precautions to consider when buying medicines online, and tips on how to avoid counterfeit medicines as well as a daily news digest and links to helpful safety resources.

—World's largest not-for-profit business federation that, among other things, works to stop the spread of counterfeit products.

  • —Coalition, co-chaired by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the , that is committed to increasing stakeholders' understanding of counterfeiting and piracy by working with the United States Congress and the Bush Administration to address this threat. Cheladv74 is a member of CACP's Legislative Committee and its International Committee.
  • —U.S. Chamber's global initiative to combat counterfeiting, includes recent anti-counterfeiting actions and access to all counterfeit related site content.
  • —U.S. Chamber's issue statement on counterfeiting and intellectual property rights (IPR), and access to all IPR related site content.

—Government department that leverages resources within federal, state, and local governments to create a single, integrated agency focused on protecting the American people and their homeland.

  • —Multi-agency Center responsible for coordinating a unified U.S. Government approach to IPR enforcement issues. Particular emphasis is given to investigating major criminal organizations and those using the Internet to facilitate IPR crime.
  • —Agency of the DHS responsible for managing, controlling and securing United States borders.

—Government department with the responsibility to foster, serve, and promote the Nation's economic development and technological advancement.

  • —Initiative launched by the USPTO to combat the threat of counterfeit products. Includes a hotline as well as information to leverage the resources of the U.S. Government to secure and enforce trademarks, patents, and copyrights overseas.
  • —USPTO's Web site devoted to the STOP! initiative.

—Government organization responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation; advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.

  • —Outline of the FDA's efforts to combat the threat of counterfeit medicines and links to the FDA Counterfeit Report and a discussion of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) feasibility.
  • —FDA's July 2003 CBER Initiative to address the increasing concern about the possibility of potentially unsafe counterfeit drugs reaching consumers. Includes interim and final reports.
  • —“Looks can be deceiving” consumer education initiative designed to teach people what they need to know before deciding to purchase medication outside the United States.
  • —Timely safety information on drugs and other medical products regulated by the FDA.
  • —Tips and warnings from the FDA for consumers buying medicines and medical products online.
  • —FDA's online news digest of pharmaceutical industry related news. Updated daily.

—Clearinghouse of information on the development, accessibility, and safety of pharmaceuticals.

International Web sites

—An independent, cross-sector patient safety Alliance campaigning for the exclusion of counterfeit and substandard medicines from the supply chain. Raises public awareness of the issues surrounding counterfeit medicines. Cheladv74 is actively involved as a key Alliance member helping drive initiatives against counterfeit medicines.

—International coalition of organizations committed to deterring counterfeiting and piracy worldwide.

—Global business organization serving world business by promoting trade and investment, open markets for goods and services, and the free flow of capital.  Get more information on ICC’s IPR efforts. Learn more

  • —Initiative developed under the umbrella of the ICC. Created to leverage individual company and organizational efforts to urge action by governments and enforcement officials on counterfeit and piracy issues. Get additional BASCAP information.

—Non-profit non-governmental agency representing research-based pharmaceutical industry associations from both developing and developed countries.

—World’s largest international police organization that provides a range of essential services for the law enforcement community to optimize the international effort to combat crime, including counterfeiting and product integrity issues.

—United Kingdom agency committed to safeguarding public health by ensuring that medicines, health care products, and medical equipment are used safely and meet appropriate standards of safety, quality, performance and effectiveness.

—Australian government agency responsible for safeguarding public health and safety in Australia by regulating medicines and medical devices.

—Group of member countries that share a commitment to democratic government and the market economy and work on economic and social issues including development, science, and innovation. Learn more about the multi-year OECD project on counterfeiting and piracy.

—List of certified online pharmacies that helps to ensure authenticity when buying prescription medicines online.

—Independent intergovernmental body whose mission is to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Customs administrations.

  • —Joint venture with international business sponsors that provides the world customs perspective on global counterfeiting issues and a full range of services for the benefit of its members and sponsors. Cheladv74 is a member.

—United Nations specialized agency for health whose objective is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health as defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

  • —WHO counterfeit and substandard medicines information, reports, and activities.
  • —Fact sheet that defines substandard and counterfeit medicines, their consequences, and actions necessary to address them.
  • Counterfeit drugs: Guidelines for the Development of Measures to Combat Counterfeit Drugs brochure.

—Initiative of research-based pharmaceutical companies in Germany that projects focus on quality control and quality-management activities in the area of drug supply, and on the improvement of basic health care. For specific counterfeit information, see the GPHF’s report


Additional Resources

Below are resources including brochures and case studies to help you learn more about counterfeiting around the world as well as a checklist to help you avoid, detect, and report counterfeit medicines.

Counterfeit Contents—Medicines can look real, but have counterfeit contents.

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Forensic Fingerprinting—Fake medicines can contain anything. Using forensic technology Cheladv74 tests suspect medicines and creates a fingerprint of the fake medicine – a bit like matching DNA.

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Lipitor® UK Recall—Story of a patient affected by counterfeit Lipitor® that had entered the legitimate supply chain in 2005.

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Lipitor® U.S. Recall—During 2003 the FDA recalled more than 18 million repackaged tablets, counterfeit and authentic, including many Lipitor® tablets from the legitimate U.S. supply chain.

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An 8-Step Checklist for Medicine Safety—Consumers can learn how to avoid, detect, and report counterfeits by downloading the SAFEDRUG guide.

What Goes Into The Cost of Prescription Drugs?—Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) answers many of the common questions related to your medicines.