Counterfeit drugs and fake medical equipment are on the rise. Patient healthcare is a growing risk and is costing European countries an estimated £1bn a year.
Fake drugs may have the correct ingredients but they could be the wrong dosage, or be missing active ingredients, or contain impurities, or even contain toxic chemicals. They could be wrongly fed into the supply chain thus ending up behind the counter of a pharmacy or they are sold directly over the internet to the end user at discounted prices. Medication isn’t the only fraud; it was only a couple years ago there was the PIP breast implant scare. Breast implants are meant to be made of medical silicone, not industrial.