Less than one percent of drugs officially sold in pharmacies are fake, counterfeit or substandard. More precisely, their share is 0.4 percent, Mikhail Murashko, Head of Roszdravnadzor, said.
“If you buy drugs on the market or through the Internet with home delivery, the risk of buying a substandard drug increases bydozens of times,” the Head of Roszdravnadzor explained.
According to Murashko,drug falsification was a pressing problem in Russia until 2011-2012. Then the volume of low-quality pharm products went down, and now has reached a minimum. In 2017, a total of six lots of counterfeit medicines were identified throughout the country. At the same time, about 270 thousand lots of medicines were released into civil circulation.
“The legal network of pharmacies is very well protected,” said Mikhail Murashko. – The “black” market of counterfeit products was forced out of the official retail outlets into the illegal one – sale through the Internet with delivery to the house by courier. Law prohibits such things, but still there are individuals and organizations that violate the law and are doing this regularly. “
Last year, said Murashko, falsifications among preparations for treatment of fungal diseases were often revealed. Counterfeited drugs are not rare among widespread over-the-counter medicines.