Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Massive counterfeit drug ring cracked

The biggest counterfeit drugs conspiracy ever to be encountered in the UK was crushed this week, as gang members were found guilty of conspiracy by a UK court following a lengthy investigation by the authorities.

The massive fake drugs operation resulted in millions of pounds' worth of bogus medicines making their way over to the UK from a network of manufacturing setups around the world.

The men under investigation were part of the UK distribution arm of a global counterfeiting ring, with the majority of the fake medicines being produced in China and India, although the operations also stretched to Pakistan, the Caribbean and the US.

The counterfeiters focused on fake versions of Merck's hair loss product Propecia (finasteride), as well as the prime earners in the drug faker's portfolio - Pfizer's Viagra (sildenafil citrate) and Lilly's Cialis (tadalafil).

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