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Counterfeit Drugs, Deadly Imitations

For decades counterfeit drugs and medicines have been smuggled into the United States, entering through, and around, various ports of entry.  While working on the Southwest border it was not uncommon to encounter large quantities being smuggled in  to the United States for financial gain.  The market was high and the price for counterfeit medicines and drugs was low.  Unfortunately, people don’t understand the harmful ingredients in many of those counterfeit substances.  Some of the medicines contain no active ingredients, while some contain toxic substances.  

The internet offerings of cheaper medicines has also brought about a boom in the sale of counterfeit products.  There are groups that are obtaining counterfeit medicines from overseas and placing them for sale through various websites.   There are also criminal organizations in the United States that have been manufacturing and selling counterfeit medicines.

It isn’t worth risking your health, or that of a loved one, to purchase medicine or drugs from questionable sources.  Buy from reputable licensed pharmacies.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has posted an article on Counterfeit Drugs and Travel.  To learn more see:

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/content/counterfeit-drugs.aspx

There are some recent articles on the internet that outline consequences of taking counterfeit medicines:

http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Deadly+imitations:+counterfeit+drugs+are+a+growing+global+enterprise…-a0185654331

Donald A. Bambenek II, Bambenek Investigative Group

About Donald Bambenek II

Mr. Bambenek retired from the United States Customs Service as a Senior Special Agent on May 3, 2001. He had been assigned to the Seattle Office of Investigations, working in Seattle, SeaTac airport, and the seaports of Seattle and Tacoma from January 1993 until his retirement.

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