Tuesday, July 14, 2009

China, South Korea, Brazil and Turkey-Top Countries for Counterfeit Drugs

At a recent meeting in Istanbul, the Association of Rearch-Based Pharmaceutical Companies [Araştirmaci Ílaç Firmalan Demiği (AIFD)], met to discuss developments in the fight against counterfeit drugs in Turkey and throughout the world.

Turkey is the fourth largest market for counterfeit medicines according to a speech by Cengiz Gümüştüs, head of Esfor Security Consultants and former member of the Turkish National Police and Interpol. Turkey arrests for counterfeit drugs numbered 68 in 2008. Other countries with serious problems in counterfeit pharmaceuticals are China, South Korea and Brazil.

According to Gümüştüs: “In Turkey, counterfeit drugs are marketed over the Internet, pushed by street vendors or by counterfeit drug smugglers who we call “pouchers”. Our law enforcement units are waging an effective effort against counterfeit drugs and making wide-scale raids. However, the success of this effort ultimately depends on the collaboration between the state, industry and the society.”

The Association of Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies consists of 39 pharmaceutical companies with a focus on biotechnology and R&D, including Abbott, Actelion, Alcon, Astra Zeneca, Amgen, Astellas, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene, Chiesi, Daiichi-Sankyo, Eczacıbaşı–Baxter, Ferring, Fresenius Kabi, Fresenius Medical Care, Gilead, GlaxoSmithKline, İ.E. Ulagay, Indentis, Johnson & Johnson, Lilly, Lundbeck, Merck Serono, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Nestle, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Nutricia Klinik Beslenme, Pfizer, PharmaSwiss, Pierre Fabre, Reckitt Benckiser, Sanofi Aventis, Schering-Plough, Servier, Solvay İlaç Türkiye, UCB Pharma, Wyeth, who are responsible for the greater part of new drug research worldwide.

For more information visit the AFID website at: www.afid.org.tr


Cengiz Gumustus said...

I just wanted to post a comment (correction) regarding my speech. Although it is true that Turkey ranks high as a market for counterfeit there are no statistics to show its ranking. During my speech what I said was that Turkey has the 4th highest arrest rate according to statistics received from PSI and our study of the available arrest info in the media. Another note is that, since each judicial jurisdiction tends to press charges for different violations such as, endangering public health, organized crime, fraud and IP infringement it is sometimes hard to pick out the arrests from the rest in the national crime statistics.
Thank you
Cengiz Gumustus
Managing Director
Esfor Security Consulting Ltd.


As a U.S. based Client of Mr. Cengiz Gumustus and ESFOR LTD, he has provided us at ALPHA-ONE Investigations, Inc with accurate and highly effective results on matters of foreign interests in our common efforts to secure Client assets from ranging from economic predators to threat assessment. We genuinely appreciate the innate professional business model of the ESFOR Group, a rare and rock-solid model in great demand during these global volatile economic times. Thank you Cengiz for your absolute integrity and for your equally innate appetite for fact-gathering.

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