Few cases of counterfeit drugs to get into circulation via internet in Russia

| By | Drug Quality Control, Internet drug sales, Roszdravnadzor
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The amount of substandard medicines available on the market has been halved in 2017, while some falsified drugs get into circulation via the Internet, said Mikhail Murashko, the Head of Roszdravnadzor.

He added that an almost complete update of drug circulation database, requirements for pharmacies, manufacturers, and selective control “allowed to obtain the first positive results in 2017.

“In 2017 we reduced almost twofold the amount of substandard medicinal products,” said the Head of Roszdravnadzor.

According to Mr. Murashko, the quality control of medicinal products currently covers all segments.

“In the past few years, the total amount of identified substandard products was consistently high and stood at about 0.9% of all medicines. We view this as a fairly high figure,” he said, adding that there are isolated cases of falsified drugs found within the Russian Federation.

“Typically, they get into illegal circulation through the Internet. Some cases were found in licensed service providers,” said the head of Roszdravnadzor.