Russian State Duma proposed to toughen punishment for sales of falsified drugs


The members of the Russian State Duma propose to introduce severe penalties, including imprisonment of up to 12 years, for the distribution of falsified medicinal products and medical devices via the Internet. Relevant amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses and the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation are being drafted in the lower house of the parliament.

This was announced by one of the initiators of amendments, State Duma Member Alexander Prokopyev during the visit of Russian delegation to Strasbourg. On March 20, this city hosted the ceremony marking that the Russian Federation has deposited the Instrument of Ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on the counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes involving threats to public health (MEDICRIME Convention).

Alexander Prokopyev emphasized that, according to experts, 50% of counterfeit drugs in the world are distributed via the Internet.

Speaking to reporters on projected effect of such legislative amendments, Mr. Prokopyev said that he expects a very positive result, “This is evidenced by the experience of implementing the laws adopted several years ago to combat falsified products in the pharmaceutical market. According to Roszdravnadzor, the amount of substandard medicines has been halved over this period.”

He added that this included systemic measures taken under MEDICRIME convention. Some amendments to the Criminal Code and the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation aimed at increasing the liability for manufacturing medicinal products and medical products without special permit, their counterfeiting and circulation, have been already adopted by the State Duma earlier.