Sub-section menu :

Content :

Legislation: Members of a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee are advocating increasing of the legal sanctions against counterfeit medicines sellers.

Legislation: Members of a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee are advocating increasing of the legal sanctions against counterfeit medicines sellers.

April 9, 2014 - jama.jamanetwork.com

Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, people who counterfeit drugs face a maximum penalty of $10 000 or 3 years in prison. These penalties have never been updated since 1938. There is a major legal weakness; criminals found to be selling illegal narcotics can be sentenced to as much as life in prison or fined millions of dollars. But the return on counterfeit drugs may be ten times greater than that of narcotics. So, counterfeiting medicines is more profitable and secure for them. But there is an equal risk for public health. According to estimations, there were more than 36 000 illegal online pharmacies in operation in the US. A legislative input should help authorities to fight against this major risk.