Friday, October 23, 2009

20,000 or more Patients Receive Adulterated Prescriptions in “Medicine Mafia” Scheme

As the investigation proceeds in the “Medicine Mafia” Story, officials are just getting a glimpse of the extent of the problem. Authorities are uncovering well-entrenched criminal organizations going back maybe 5 years. At least seven large unions are involved in the scheme and up to fifty unions are under investigation.

Most of the substances in question were for life saving medications for cancer, HIV/AIDS, genetic disorders, and hemophilia. Suspects are accused of distributing expired, diluted, and fake medications.

Argentina’s Superintendent of Health Services estimated that a minimum of 20,000 patients received the illegal pharmaceuticals.

To view more information on counterfeit drugs, read the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFRMA) document on “Counterfeit Medicine: The Global Public Health Risks” at:

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